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!

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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.
  • 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 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.

  • 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.
  • FCFEP Released Issue Brief on Florida's Medicaid Medically Needy Program Proposal

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    The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy (FCFEP) released an issue brief on Florida’s proposal to the federal government requiring all beneficiaries in the Medicaid Medically Needy Program to enroll in a managed care plan and pay monthly premiums . Key highlights of the brief include: (1) an overview of the current Medically Needy Program and its beneficiaries; (2) an overview of the proposed Medically Needy Program; (3) the “burden” of Medically Needy Premiums; (4) the proposal’s conflict with the federal Medicaid program laws; and (5) the state’s failure to allow for public input before the proposal was submitted.

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