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!

Legislative Advocacy

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  • 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.
  • 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 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.

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