Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy (FCFEP)

Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy (FCFEP) conducts independent research, develops new ideas, and advises policymakers on state fiscal and economic policy. The Center pays close attention to how policy impacts low- and moderate-income individuals, families and neighborhoods, workers and small businesses. The Center works toward public awareness of the need to adequately fund programs that improve opportunities, choices, quality of life outcomes and the economic well-being of all Floridians, especially children. FCFEP’s advocacy work includes publishing independent research, identifying new ideas, and advising policymakers on emerging state health coverage issues. See below for more information about FCFEP’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • FCFEP Publishes Issue Brief on Florida’s Struggle to Recover from Recession

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    FL: The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy released an issue brief on U.S. Census Bureau data.  Florida, Texas and Nevada had the highest percentages of uninsured residents in the country.  The state’s uninsured rate declined slightly since 2009 and nearly 3.9 million residents lacked insurance in 2013.

  • FCFEP Analyzes Florida Health Coverage by the Numbers

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    FL: The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy published The Condition of Florida by the Numbers, examining the state of health coverage and other important socio-economic factors in the State.  According to the report, four million Floridians lack health insurance, Florida has the second highest rate of uninsured children in the Southern U.S., and Florida 48th in percentage of uninsured residents and 51st in per capita funding received from the ACA.  

  • More than Just a Number! FCFEP Issue Brief Highlights What MAGI Means for Florida

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    FL: The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy (FCFEP) published an issue brief on how the state’s use of Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI), the new methodology for calculating Medicaid/CHIP eligibility, will affect low-income Floridians. The brief notes that because the state will not expand Medicaid, tens of thousands of Floridian parents will become ineligible in 2014 under the application of the MAGI methodology.

  • Watch What You Read! FCFEP Released Brief on OIR's Misleading Price Estimates for Premiums

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    FL: The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy (FCFEP) released an issue brief highlighting flaws in the Office of Insurance Regulation’s (OIR) estimate of Individual Market Premium. According to the Issue Brief, “the information provided by OIR provides no credible comparison of the impact of (the Affordable Care Act) on rates. Its continued use as a basis for official projections is likely to result in direct harm to consumers.” 

  • FCFEP Published Brief on Florida’s Coverage Options

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    FL: The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy published a brief on Florida’s coverage options and challenges following the 2013 legislative session and the upcoming open enrollment period beginning October 1, 2013. The brief provides a history of the legislature’s decision to default to the Federally Facilitated Exchange and outlines information about qualified health plans (QHPs) offered through the Exchange, including the opportunity to access premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions to purchase a QHP. 
  • Florida Advocates Continue to Fight for Expansion

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    FL: KidsWell Florida partners have continue advocating to the state legislature to expand Medicaid by developing an FAQ for legislators, testifying to the Senate Select Committee on the ACA, and holding a press event on March 14th and a Twitter Town Hall on March 12th to mobilize supporters. Their testimony included presentations from Joan Alker of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families and Greg Mellowe of the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy. The advocates’ efforts continue to be picked up by various media sources, including the New York Times, Tampa Bay Times and The Florida Current. Florida CHAIN also developed Medicaid Expansion materials (here, here and here) and sample Twitter and Facebook posts for individuals to use.
  • Ever Wonder How Medicaid Expansion Would Affect Retail, Restaurants and Hotel Chains? Read FCFEP's Report Here!

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    The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy released a report highlighting that if Florida’s Medicaid program is expanded, employers will save thousands of dollars in penalties. According to the ACA, employees with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees will be required to pay $3,000 for each employee who rejects to use employer coverage (usually due to the coverage not providing all services needed) and elects to use Premium Tax Credits through the Exchange. If Florida expands Medicaid, these individuals would have the option of receiving coverage through the Medicaid program which would decrease the potential for employer penalties. 

     

  • FCFEP Took a Closer Look at Medicaid Expansion's Potential Costs, Benefits, and Impact in Florida!

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    FL: The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy released a brief examining six 10-year cost estimates on expanding Medicaid in the state.
  • FCFEP Highlights Legislation to Expand Coverage to Legal Immigrant Children

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    The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy released a report highlighting proposed state legislation that would expand CHIP coverage to legal immigrant children. The Naples News also published an article on the legislation and referenced KidsWell Florida’s study on enrolling and retaining children in KidCare. In addition, KidsWell Florida was highlighted in The News Service of Florida (available through private subscription only) on providing coverage for immigrant children and Medicaid Expansion within the state.
  • KidsWell Florida Issued a Call to Action to Extend Tax Cuts and Protect Programs

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    FL: The Children’s Trust and Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy issued a call to action requesting individuals to sign a letter of concern to Florida’s Congressional Delegation advocating for extending tax cuts for the middle class and protect vital programs for Florida’s children and families.
  • 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.
  • FCFEP Released a Report Highlighting Employer Benefits from Medicaid Expanison

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    FL: The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy released a report highlighting how Florida employers can benefit from Medicaid expansion.  The report argues that coverage to employees under the expansion would be a fully subsidized employee benefit, which is valued at an estimated $14.3 billion for primary service industry-related employers over 10 years.
  • 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.
  • KidsWell Florida Partners Released KidsCare Toolbox Report

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    KidsWell Florida held a conference call on October 30th to announce the release of Florida’s KidsCare Toolbox report, which provides information about how kids currently access coverage in the state and how the program can be improved.
  • KidsWell Florida Partners Submitted a Letter to the Department of Children and Families Objecting to a new Florida ACCESS Policy

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    FL: Florida CHAIN, in collaboration with Covering Kids and Families, The Children’s Movement of Florida, The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy and Florida Legal Services, submitted a letter to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to express objections to a new Florida ACCESS policy that would suspend a beneficiary’s eligibility for Medicaid should correspondence sent to the recipient be returned undeliverable. In response to these advocacy efforts, DCF has since discontinued the policy.
  • FCFEP Published a Report on Governor Scott's Misleading Comments on Medicaid Expansion

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     FL: Florida Center For Fiscal And Economic Policy (FCFEP) published a report examining Governor Rick Scott’s claim that “Medicaid [spending] has been growing three and a half times as fast as General Revenue.” The report explains how this claim lacks context, is misleading, and is not supported by current data.

  • KidsWell Florida Partners Issued Information on Medicaid Expansion

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    FL: The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy (FCFEP) issued a brief and report highlighting the benefits of Medicaid expansion.  Florida CHAIN issued a fact sheet providing data points on eligible Medicaid populations and current and future income eligibility limits.  Dr. Peter A. Gorski, Chief Health and Child Development Officer for The Children’s Trust, published an editorial in The Miami Harold focusing on the costs and benefits of the Medicaid expansion for Florida.

  • FCFEP Issue Brief Highlighted ACA Coverage Provisions

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    The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy (FCFFEP) published an issue brief focusing on an assessment of Florida’s compliance with private coverage provisions of the ACA. The assessment is based on research conducted by the Florida Public Interest Research Group and FCFFEP through direct communication with insurers and review of insurers' administrative filings with the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR). The brief found that, although the state has been resistant to implementing the ACA, Florida insurers appear to be generally compliant and millions of state residents are benefitting as a result.
  • KidsWell Florida Advocates Developed Website to Highlight Children's Health Care Activities

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    KidsWell Florida child advocacy organizations developed the KidsWell Florida website designed to highlight activities and news within the state focused on children’s health coverage.

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