Medicaid Expansion in Florida
Expanding Medicaid would allow more than 800,000 Floridians to gain healthcare coverage, reducing the state’s total uninsured rate by 29%. Currently, every $1.00 Florida spends on Medicaid is matched by $1.56 of federal funding. But expanding Medicaid would mean that every $1.00 Florida spends on Medicaid would be matched by $9.00 of federal funding. This would create a 500 million dollar surplus at the state level that could be spent on affordable housing, infrastructure, education, and workforce training.
36 states and the District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs, allowing more residents to access preventative care, mental healthcare services, and treatment for substance abuse addiction, including opioid dependency.
This can be done in Florida as well. Over 60% of voters in the Sunshine State support Medicaid expansion.
Increasing access to quality, affordable healthcare results in healthier Florida families. A healthier workforce means a healthier economy, one in which more Floridians can thrive and succeed.