Medicaid Expansion for Florida


  • Over 600,000 Floridians have no access to affordable health insurance. They earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to qualify for Marketplace tax credits.

  • ​In Florida, to be eligible for Medicaid the most a family of 3 can earn and still qualify is about $7,000 a year (30% of Federal Poverty Level). Adults with no children aren't eligible at all. 

  • Under the Affordable Care Act, states can expand their Medicaid programs to cover everyone earning less than 138% of the Federal Poverty Level.  

  • The expansion is paid for by Florida’s federal tax dollars that would be returned to the state.The federal share will never be less than 90% of the costs. 

  • Florida would see net state budget savings of roughly $200 million in Fiscal Year 2022-23 by expanding the Medicaid program, according to the latest report by the Florida Policy Institute (FPI).

  • Florida lawmakers continue to reject Medicaid expansion.


Sick and in Constant Search for Affordable Medical Care

 In 2015 I went to the Emergency Room at Cape Coral Hospital.  I’d been extremely sick for about two years. I had no idea what was wrong. My symptoms became more progressive so my husband took me to the hospital. I was in the hospital for a week the first time and a week the second time I went in.


The Surgeon was sure that I had Crones Disease. He and I discussed my long-term symptoms and he was clear that was the issue. The GI specialist disagreed. So, I left the hospital without a diagnosis. This was detrimental to my health because no doctor would treat me without a clear diagnosis.


At the time I did not have health insurance. I worked part time and my job did not offer health insurance. I could not qualify for subsidies through the Marketplace because I didn’t make enough money. I was able to enroll in a health coverage program through Lee Memorial Health System in Lee County.


Through a partnership with our United Way, the program helps people with low income access health care. When I came into the Emergency Room they were aware that I would need continual care and could not afford it. They operate on a sliding scale. I was able to see my Primary doctor for other health issues, but he was clear that he could not prescribe medication for Crones. I even called local clinics and specialists to see if I could get a doctor to see me pro bono, but I could not get any help.

By: Nicole G., Lee County

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