Another voice: Florida needs Medicaid expansion

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 By Diane Garte

On Jan. 1, 2014, millions of Americans will become eligible for health insurance coverage under Medicaid; but none of them will be Floridians.  The Medicaid Expansion provides health insurance coverage for Americans under age 65 who have incomes less than 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.  If we put our minds to it, I’m sure we can all think of many families and individuals in our own neighborhoods and churches, who would fall below these thresholds.

It is estimated that about 1.2 million Floridians are uninsured and the almost 1 million of those would qualify for care under the Medicaid expansion.  Gov. Rick Scott supports Florida taking the Medicaid money, but has not been very active in gaining support from the Florida House and Senate.

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