The Florida case for Medicaid expansion

The Florida case for Medicaid expansion

The United States is the only advanced country in the world without some form of universal healthcare to cover all its citizens. This is about to change with implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed by Congress in 2010.

Some 30 million more Americans are scheduled to obtain health insurance through private health insurance exchanges or expansion of the state Medicaid programs. This is a welcome development, not only for the currently uninsured, but for the rest of society that currently subsidizes uninsured patients’ medical bills through their own insurance premiums.

In Florida, our lawmakers decided not to establish a state exchange for access to private health insurance plans, so a federal insurance exchange will take its place. Our lawmakers also decided not to participate in the Medicaid expansion program, even though the federal government agreed to pay 100 percent of the cost the first three years and most of the cost thereafter.