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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  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Florida CHAIN and FCFEP Commented on Interim Final Rule on Medicaid Eligibility Changes

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    Florida CHAIN and Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy submitted comments on the interim final rule on Medicaid eligibility changes. Key comments included: (1) rejecting the notion of allowing states to block transparency and accountability to stakeholders; (2) ensuring consistency and uniformity  for all entities involved in eligibility determination for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); (3) encouraging the transparency of written interagency documents (e.g., State Plan Amendment proposals); (4) requiring  states to have a contingency plan for eligibility determination; and (5)  developing an eligibility determination process and timeliness standards  that allow real-time eligibility determination.
  • FCFEP Published Issue Brief on Inaccuracy of State's Cost Estimates for Medicaid Expansion

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    Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy (FCFEP) published an issue brief discussing why Florida’s claims on Medicaid expansion are inflated and lack merit. The brief evaluates the State’s estimated cost of the expansion and derives an improved set of estimates using similar State methods.

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