● Under the Affordable Care Act, Florida would receive 100% of the funds necessary to expand Medicaid for the first 3 years and 90% thereafter.
● Florida could gain $50 billion in additional revenue over the next 10 years to expand Medicaid but refused the funds in 2013.
● This expansion of Medicaid would cover nearly an additional 1 million Floridians who would otherwise remain uninsured.
● Medicaid expansion will benefit individuals and families living at or below the poverty level by providing health care for those people who otherwise cannot afford it.
● Accepting the federal funds for Medicaid expansion could potentially provide more than 70,000 new jobs in all sectors of Florida’s economy.
● In anticipation of Medicaid expansion, funding for hospitals that are mandated to cover uncompensated emergency room care was cut, leaving these facilities without resources to cover uninsured Floridians.
● If Florida does not accept these federal funds, its taxpayers are providing $5 billion to the states which do accept it, without receiving anything in return.
● There is no economic basis for Florida’s failure to accept funds to cover the neediest of its citizens and its continued refusal is unjustified and cruel.