BACKGROUND: The right to accessible health care stems from the sanctity of human life and the dignity that belongs to all human persons who are made in the image and likeness of God. As a community, we have a responsibility to ensure that our vulnerable members have access to care.
Persons with incomes above 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL), up to 400% FPL, are eligible for federal subsidies to purchase health insurance. Ironically, those with incomes below 133% FPL receive no assistance with health insurance premiums. Over 70% of these are Florida’s “working poor”.
The Senate has developed a proposal to extend health coverage to low-income Floridians and has included an appropriation in its proposed budget. However, the House has offered no plan and its budget lacks appropriations for expansion of coverage or supplemental funding for uncompensated care.
TAKE ACTION: Please immediately contact your member of the Florida House of Representatives to urge a solution to Florida’s health care crisis.
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