This May, the Florida Legislature rejected $51 billion of federal funds to expand Medicaid to over a million people statewide. 4 million Floridians are currently uninsured across the state – that's 1 in 5 non-elderly residents who lack insurance – and an estimated 1.3 million of the people who need it most are expected to gain coverage through the expansion.
State Representatives – including all the Republicans opposed to expanding Medicaid – will pay just $8.34 a month for state-subsidized health care next year. That’s $30 a month to cover their entire families.
Many business owners could now end up paying tax penalties of $2,000 to $3,000 per employee. The decision could cost Florida businesses up to $218 million in total.
Public hospitals will also suffer because they will continue to care for those 1.3 million uninsured people who seek treatment in their emergency rooms.
Gov. Rick Scott already knows all of this. At a press conference in February he said,“While the federal government is committed to paying 100 percent of the costs, I cannot deny Floridians who need access to health care.”
Ask Gov. Scott to take the stand he promised he would – and call a special session to expand Medicaid in Florida.
P.S. You can also call Gov. Rick Scott at 850.488.7146 to demand Medicaid expansion now.