03 Apr Hospital group touts job boost in expanding health care coverage
South Florida would gain 20,000 health care jobs, more than any other region in the state, ifMedicaid is expanded, according to a report released last week by University of Florida researchers.
Commissioned by the Florida Hospital Association to urge the state legislature to accept the federal funds to expand the Medicaid program in the state, the report notes that jobs in health care as well as other industries would be given a big boost if Florida accepts $51 million in federal funding to cover its more than 1 million uninsured residents.
Demonstrating job creation is one way to sell the Legislature — and even perhaps the public — on accepting the federal funds, admits Bruce Rueben, president of the hospital group.
“It has a tremendously positive impact not just on health care, but on the economy,” he said.