The ACLC is collecting signatures for a petition to put a constitutional amendment for Medicaid Expansion on the ballot in 2020. We are part of a statewide coalition which includes Planned Parenthood, SEIU, Indivisible and Florida Voices for Health.
An estimated 500,000 Florida residents have no access to affordable health insurance. At present in Florida, in order to be eligible for Medicaid insurance you have to be a parent and earn less than 30% of the Federal Poverty Level, $6234 a year for a family of three.
Under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), as it was amended by the U.S. Supreme Court, states can expand their Medicaid insurance programs to cover everyone earning less than 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. If Florida were to adopt this expansion 90% of the cost would be covered by Federal funds.
Our legislature’s refusal to accept these funds is both cruel and irrational. Thousands of residents who need medical attention can’t get it. Many are unable to work and many die. The Federal funding which could be used to benefit Florida residents comes from our income taxes and benefits residents of other states.
To get the petition on the ballot a million signed petitions are needed to ensure that there are 770,000 valid ones. If the preliminary step of getting 10% of that number was completed by the end of February the petition will be reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court and, if approved, we will then aim to obtain the rest.
Much work gathering signatures will be needed, and we are looking to members to help. You can obtain petitions from the ACLC office, 352-375-2832, firstname.lastname@example.org. Return signed petitions to the ACLC office. Petitions should be printed directly from the State of Florida website. Click Here for Petition. Please make sure that you are circulating petitions that have the serial number and approval date on them. People should write the entire county and city out. Please try not to let folks abbreviate.
What we really need is expanded and Improved Medicare for All, but Medicaid Expansion is a short-term achievable goal.