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 Hosts Coverage Gap Press Event

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    FL: On March 9th, Florida CHAIN hosted a press event with Miami’s Mayor Tomás Pedro Regalado, uninsured residents, advocates, business leaders, and other interested stakeholders at Miami’s City Hall calling on lawmakers to close the coverage gap. The event featured photographs that are part of a traveling project highlighting real people stuck in the coverage gap. 

  • KidsWell Partners Call on Florida to Expand Medicaid and Close the Coverage Gap

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    Young Invincibles, FL: Young Invincibles and Florida CHAIN held a press conference and blogged about a new brief examining the impact of Florida’s decision not to expand Medicaid on young Floridians. According to the brief, more than one third of the 918,000 Floridians who are in the coverage gap are young adults.

  • Florida CHAIN Announces New Group of Health Care Activists

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    FL: Florida CHAIN announced a new group, the CHAIN ReActors, that will advocate for affordable, quality health care on behalf of all Floridians. Members will have the opportunity to participate in monthly conference calls to receive updates on health care access in Florida, participate in trainings, and listen to guest speakers. The group  will first focus on closing the coverage gap. Registration is available now.

  • 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.

  • 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.  
  • Florida CHAIN Issues Statement in Response to Medicaid Expansion Report

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a statement in response to the Council of Economic Advisers’ report on states that have not expanded Medicaid. The statement highlights the economic and health impacts should Florida expand Medicaid, including: 38,000 fewer people with catastrophic out-of-pocket Medicaid expenses per year; $15 billion in federal support through 2016; and 63,800 more jobs through 2017. In response to the report, Leah Barber-Heinz, CEO for Florida CHAIN, said, “States that have moved forward with health care expansion are seeing billions of dollars coming into their economy and the creation of tens of thousands of good jobs...Florida is throwing away new jobs and sending our tax dollars to states that are expanding, when instead we could be investing that money here at home.” 
  • Florida CHAIN Blogs About Medicaid Expansion and Substance Use Disorders

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    FL: Florida CHAIN blogged about the potential impact of Medicaid expansion on 170,000 Floridians with substance use disorders (SUDs) who fall into Florida’s coverage gap. Florida CHAIN asserts that expanding Medicaid coverage to people with SUDs would be good for families, businesses, and the State’s economy.   
  • Florida CHAIN Blog and Infographic Highlight Rate Review

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    FL: Florida CHAIN blogged and created an  infographic  regarding insurance rate filings in Florida. Florida CHAIN highlights the potential for misinformation and provides guidance on what consumers should look for in the newly published rates.

  • Florida CHAIN Highlights Increased KidCare Coverage for Low Income Children

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    FL: Florida CHAIN  issued a press release and infographic highlighting the ACA’s impact on Medicaid coverage for low income children in Florida.  The ACA increased the Medicaid income limit (from 100% to 133% of the federal poverty level) for children aged 6-18 and, as a result, more than 93,000 children enrolled in Florida KidCare between October 2013 and May 2014. 

  • 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 Rallies for Medicaid Expansion as Florida Promotes Medical Tourism

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    FL: On April 30, 2014, Florida CHAIN, in partnership with Progress Florida, hosted a rally at the Florida State Capital in support of expanding Medicaid.  FL CHAIN also organized a sign-on petition directed to lawmakers considering a “medical tourism” bill, which would increase out-of-state patients’ access to health coverage in Florida.  The petition advocates for prioritizing low income Floridians’ access to health coverage over out-of-state patients. 
  • FL CHAIN Criticizes Governor’s Plan to Roll Back Taxes While Refusing to Expand Medicaid

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    FL: FL CHAIN released a press statement criticizing Governor Scott’s plan to roll back taxes while refusing federal funding to expand Medicaid.  FL CHAIN equates the Governor’s refusal to expand Medicaid to a tax increase because the State is preventing the flow of federal dollars to provide health coverage. 

  • Florida CHAIN To Host Webinar on Non-Expansion’s Impact on Women

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    FL: Florida CHAIN co-hosted a webinar on February 25, 2014 highlighting the impact of the state’s decision not to expand Medicaid on more than 460,000 uninsured women.  Webinar attendees learned about the needs of uninsured Floridian women and the political landscape related to Medicaid expansion.  

  • 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. 

  • 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.
  • Knowledge to Truly Treasure! Florida CHAIN Hosts Treasure Coast Health Care Town Hall

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    FL: Florida CHAIN hosted a Treasure Coast Health Care Town Hall Meeting on August 26th to help families understand the new affordable health care coverage options that will be available starting October 1st. The town hall also covered how Florida CHAIN is organizing to advocate for coverage of the 1.2 million Floridians who will not be covered due to the state’s failure to expand Medicaid.

  • Florida CHAIN Making Sense out of Moving Medicaid Patients into Managed Care Organizations

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    FL: Florida CHAIN issued a press release announcing that Florida received conditional approval to transition all Medicaid beneficiaries into managed care. The press released noted that although the state and CMS is moving in the right direction, there is still concern as to whether the wavier will include the needed consumer protections and ensure access to care.
  • KidsWell Florida Partners Hosted a Webinar to Review Report on the ACA's Implications

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    FL: Florida KidsWell Grantees, in collaboration with the Georgetown Health Policy Institute, held a webinar to launch a report on the implications of the ACA’s Supreme Court decision on Florida’s Medicaid Program. The report was highlighted in a guest column in the Tampa Bay Times and the Georgetown Center for Children and Families Say Ahhh! Blog.
  • KidsWell Florida was Acknowledged in an Article for its Efforts to Support Individuals as they Identify Eligible Coverage Opportunities

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    FL: KidsWell Florida was highlighted in an article on its efforts to support parents and individuals identify eligible coverage opportunities.
  • KidsWell Florida and CCF Hosted a Webinar on Health Care Reform Implementation's Impact on Children

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    FL: KidsWell Florida, in collaboration with the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, will host a webinar on December 6th on health care reform implementation and the impact of these efforts on improving coverage for children in Florida.

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