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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  • Florida CHAIN to Host Discussion on King v. Burwell

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    FL: On March 11th, Florida CHAIN will host a call on the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case. The call will include background on the case and a recap of the arguments presented to the Court. Registration is available now.

  • Florida CHAIN Blogs about ACA Tax Requirements

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    FL: Florida CHAIN blogged about the complexity of the upcoming tax season, noting that those without health coverage in 2014 will be forced to pay a penalty unless they qualify for an exemption from the individual mandate requirement. The blog explains that most low-income Floridians will be able to qualify for an exemption and provides links to proper IRS forms and resources on the topic.
  • Florida CHAIN Blogs About Misleading Reports of Premium Increases

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    FL: Florida CHAIN blogged about the fact that most consumer can purchase health coverage for the same or lower premiums as they did in 2014, despite many reports that premiums have increased. The blog attributes confusion to the complexity of how consumers pay for coverage with Premium Tax Credits. Florida CHAIN is urging all Marketplace customers to compare plans during Open Enrollment.

  • Florida CHAIN Board Member Pens Opinion Piece On ACA Success

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    FL: Florida CHAIN Board Member Elsie B. Crowell wrote an opinion column for the Tallahassee Democrat detailing the ACA’s success in Florida. The column highlights that the ACA has led to: nearly 1 million Floridians gaining access to health insurance; 240,000 Floridians receiving coverage through Medicaid and CHIP; and over 3.7 million Floridians receiving preventive service coverage with no cost sharing.

  • Florida CHAIN Hosts Call on Midterm Election Impact on Florida Health Care

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    FL: Florida CHAIN hosted a call assessing the impact of midterm election results on the fight to close the coverage gap and expand health care in Florida on November 13th. Florida CHAIN’s Advocacy Director provided political analysis on the call as part of the CHAIN ReACTORS monthly conference call series.

  • Florida CHAIN Publishes Presentation on Rate Review

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a presentation on the Florida rate review process.  The presentation explores the history of health insurance rate review in Florida, the state’s current processes, and anticipated changes due to the ACA.

  • KidsWell Partners Issue Statements on ACA Appeals Court Rulings on Subsidies

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    NHeLP, YI, & FL: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and Young Invincibles issued statements in response to the Halbig v. Burwell ruling that ACA subsidies are only available to consumers in state-run Marketplaces. Florida CHAIN issued a statement explaining the immediate impact of the ruling. NHeLP also issued a statement praising the unanimous opinion in King v. Burwell that upheld the ACA’s subsidies in state-run Marketplaces.

  • Florida CHAIN Announces ACA-Focused Webinars

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    FL: Florida CHAIN will host a webinar series on ACA implementation for In-Person Assisters, consumers, providers, and other stakeholders throughout July. The webinars include: Special Enrollment Periods on July 10, Open Enrollment 2.0 with HHS on July 15, and Health Care Reform 101 on July 24. Registration is available now.  
  • YI & FL CHAIN Team Up to Collect Young Adults’ Coverage Gap Stories

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    YI & FL: Young Invincibles (YI) and Florida CHAIN are partnering to collect stories of young adults in states that have not expanded Medicaid.  YI developed a survey that FL CHAIN is distributing to its community partners to reach Florida’s uninsured young adults.
  • FL CHAIN Contributes to State’s Marketplace Enrollment Success

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    FL: Damien Filer, a spokesman for Florida CHAIN, was quoted in a Herald Tribune article about the Florida Marketplace’s emergence as one of the ACA’s biggest success stories with close to half a million sign-ups.  Filer cited two reasons for Florida’s success, “First, there is a tremendous need here for coverage. And, second, we had a large network of organizations in place to help people get covered.”
  • Florida CHAIN Explains No Wrong Door

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a fact sheet explaining Florida’s No Wrong Door enrollment pathway for Medicaid, CHIP and subsidized Qualified Health Plan coverage.  The fact sheet details eligibility requirements and outlines the pathway to paper and online enrollment. 

  • FL CHAIN Blogs About Legislators’ Continued ACA Opposition and Misrepresentation

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    FL: To highlight legislators’ persistent attempts to misrepresent the ACA, FL CHAIN published a blog post illustrating the state’s efforts to block the ACA, including: presentation of misleading and inaccurate premium information; drafting of proposed rules conflating definitions and requirements for Navigators and Certified Application Counselors; blocking discussion of Medicaid expansion; and weakening state law in two areas where Florida is currently stronger than the ACA—coverage for young adults under 30 and small business employees.  

     

  • Florida CHAIN Responds to Medicaid Enrollment Delays Caused by Healthcare.gov

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    FL: Greg Mellowe, policy director of Florida CHAIN, was quoted in The Washington Post on the enrollment delays that thousands of low-income Floridians have experienced as a result of the federal marketplace website’s inability to transfer Medicaid-eligible consumers’ data to Florida’s Medicaid agency. He stated, “This is not what we were hoping to see” and emphasized the website was supposed to provide “real-time eligibility” determinations.
  • Florida CHAIN Questions Accuracy of State Report on Health Insurance Costs

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    FL: Greg Mellowe, policy director of Florida CHAIN, was quoted in Health News Florida questioning the accuracy of the cost of premiums in a state report to a legislative committee.  Mellowe stated, “I can’t remember ever hearing that many errors, misstatements and evasions in that short of a legislative presentation."  Wences Troncoso, Deputy Insurance Commissioner of the Office of Insurance Regulation, acknowledged the availability of lower-cost coverage options than the presentation reported.
  • Florida CHAIN Launched Medicaid Expansion Thunderclap and ACA Enrollment Events

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    FL: Florida CHAIN organized a Thunderclap  of over 134,000 people to call on state lawmakers to expand Medicaid.

    Florida CHAIN will hold three enrollment events with navigators on November 18th, December 3rd, and December 5th to help Floridians enroll in coverage. The events will feature legislators, community partners, and consumers. 

  • 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 Works to Clear Confusion about Marketplace's Premium Metal Levels

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    FL: Florida CHAIN published a blog post to help Floridians determine what level of coverage and the meaning of premium “metal levels” in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The blog explains what consumers should expect from each level and reviews what options an applicant has if they are eligible for cost-sharing reductions and how to compare plan premiums and metal levels.


    Florida CHAIN, in collaboration with Florida Covering Kids and Families, USF Health, Family Health Care Foundation, and BayCare Health System, also hosted the state’s first Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrolment Fair on October 5th. The event gave consumers the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with in-person assisters, learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplaces, and enroll in coverage.

  • KidsWell Florida Publishes Story on College Student Enrolling for Coverage on Exchange

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    FL: Florida CHAIN and Health Care for Florida Now published a story on Facebook highlighting the experience of a college student enrolling in coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace: “I found a health insurance plan better than I have ever had for a price I can afford as a college student. The ACA was worth the wait!!”
  • Florida CHAIN Released an Event Calendar for Open Enrollment and a Call to Action to Expand Medicaid

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  • Florida CHAIN Responds to Exchange Open Enrollment Kick-Off!!

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    FL: Florida CHAIN issued a newsletter announcing the Marketplace’s open enrollment period and noting that under the ACA, qualified health plans are required to include Essential Health Benefits, such as maternity care, prescriptions, doctor visits, hospitalizations and emergency room care.

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