Florida CHAIN

Florida CHAIN is a statewide consumer health advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of all Floridians by promoting access to affordable, quality health care. Florida CHAIN provides resources to build the capacities for and linking consumer, community and service organizations with health care advocacy. In addition, Florida CHAIN provides policy education, collaborative networking, training, and communications and organizing tools to the public, allied partners, media and policy makers. See below for more information about Florida CHAIN’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

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  • What's Your Story? Florida CHAIN Co-Sponsored Success Story Call

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    FL: To encourage Marketplace enrollment, Florida CHAIN co-sponsored a call with consumers and health care advocates to share recent Marketplace enrollees’ success stories and information about applying and enrolling in coverage before January 1, 2014.
  • Am I Eligible? Florida Chain Published Flyer on Marketplaces

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a flyer to help individuals and families determine whether they are eligible for health insurance through the health insurance Marketplace. Florida CHAIN and Health Care for Florida Now also released videos featuring uninsured Floridians who will benefit from the ACA. 

  • Florida CHAIN Launches New Online Story Bank Portal!

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    FL: Florida CHAIN launched a new, anonymous online story bank portal to help track successes and challenges around health care reform. The story bank is just one of Florida CHAIN’s efforts toward ensuring everyone has access to quality, affordable health care.
  • Action Alert! Florida CHAIN Works to Expand Coverage to Low-Income Floridians

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a call to action requesting that individuals contact their state representatives and urge them to support expanding coverage to low-income Floridians. Florida CHAIN also released two videos of an uninsured father of three who would benefit from the expansion and a woman who has been uninsured for over seven years, asking supporters to submit stories about how the Healthy Florida Plan would benefit their communities and families. They announced a series of vigils to be held in support of Floridians who need healthcare and Leah Barber-Heinz, Communications Director, published a post in CCF’s Say Ahhh! Blog about how Florida’s decision to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid will impact employers.

  • Florida CHAIN Released First Spanish Video

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released its first Spanish video featuring a small businessman who received coverage under the ACA just before suffering from a minor stroke.
  • Florida CHAIN Released a Handout with Six Floridans' Personal Stories Highlighting how the ACA Has Benefited Them and How It Will in the future

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a two-page handout on stories of six Floridans highlighting how they are benefiting from the ACA now and will in the future depending on the outcome of the election.
  • Florida CHAIN Published Personal Stories Demonstrating Impact of the ACA

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    FL: Florida CHAIN published a video highlighting a story of a young adult with a chronic condition who is benefiting from the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Program (PCIP). In addition, Florida CHAIN published two stories highlighting: (1) a low-income single mother of two children advocating to expand Medicaid; and (2) small businesses and consumers receiving rebate checks due to the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) provision.

  • Florida CHAIN Released ACA Materials to Spread Education and Support

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    Following the Supreme Court oral arguments on the ACA in March, Florida CHAIN called advocates to action by providing materials to spread ACA education and support, highlighting the importance of advocacy between the conclusion of the hearings and the Court's anticipated decision this Summer. The materials include (1) real stories of Florida residents affected by the ACA; (2) examples and tips on writing letters to the editor; and (3) videos of ACA related stories that can be shared on YouTube.
  • Florida CHAIN Video Highlighted ACA's Benefits for Small Businesses

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    Florida CHAIN released a video highlighting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act’s small business tax credit to provide coverage for employees. The video features a small business owner in central Florida who received a tax credit of $13,000 over the past two years. The video has reached over 10,070 Twitter followers and the small business owner was featured in a letter to the editor published in The Tampa Bay Times.
  • Florida CHAIN Leader's Personal Story Featured in HHS Video

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    Vanessa Mishkit, a nurse and a Florida CHAIN trained leader, was featured on an HHS video highlighting how her son with expensive pre-existing conditions will benefit from the ACA.
  • Florida CHAIN Published Stories of Individuals Benefiting from ACA

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    Florida CHAIN submitted op-eds and Letters to the Editors to various newspapers; published profiles of individuals benefiting from the ACA through press releases and media pitches; announced anniversary events and news on Facebook and Twitter; and partnered with local organizations and communities in organizing meetings and webinars.
  • Florida CHAIN Published Fact Sheet on Benefits of Exchange and ACA Consumer Protections

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    Florida CHAIN published a fact sheet highlighting benefits of the Exchange and the ACA's consumer protections for Florida residents. In addition, Florida CHAIN was also interviewed in an NPR article regarding Florida's proposed Medicaid cuts and highlighted in an article on the organization's efforts to publicize stories for state residents benefiting from the law.
  • Florida CHAIN Published Story on Negative Effects of Proposed Medicaid Premiums

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    Florida CHAIN, working in conjunction with the grassroots, Miami-based advocacy group Power U, identified the story of a woman who would be forced to un-enroll her family in Medicaid should the federal government grant state lawmakers’ request to charge premiums to all beneficiaries, including those below the poverty line.

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