With only two weeks left in the 2013 regular session, the question of whether the Florida Legislature will extend meaningful, affordable health coverage to more than a million very low-income, uninsured Floridians remains unanswered.
What the majority in both the House and Senate have made clear is that they have no plans to support a straightforward expansion of the current Medicaid program. As a result, three different alternatives to "Medicaid expansion" are presently working their way through the legislative process.
However, only one of the three proposals would allow significant numbers of Floridians below the poverty level to get and keep real coverage that would provide sustained access to essential care. That same proposal is also the only one of the three that would enable Florida to draw down up to $51 billion in federal matching funds over the next ten years, rather than allowing taxpayer funding earmarked for Florida to be diverted to benefit other states.
This brief compares the three proposals and their implications for the two key groups of stakeholders affected by the decision: low-income, uninsured Floridians and Florida taxpayers generally.
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