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!

Medicaid Expansion

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  • 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.

  • 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 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 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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