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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  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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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