Expanding Health Care in Florida: Health Insurance for Working Individuals and Families [FAMILIES USA, July 2014]

The Affordable Care Act gives Florida the option to extend health insurance to more low-income adults by expanding the state’s Medicaid program. This health care expansion would give more than 1 million uninsured Floridians access to affordable health insurance.[1] For many of these residents, this is their only health coverage option [2] MORE>>

Study: Medicaid Expansion would prevent more than 1,000 deaths in Florida

By Tia Mitchell, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau 

A study published on the Health Affairs blog concluded that between 1,158 and 2,221 deaths in Florida could be prevented if the state embraced Medicaid expansion. MORE>>

Read JSRI’s 2009 profile of poverty and inequality in the State of Florida »

 A sample of the profile follows:

Who are Florida’s Poor?

  • 721,284 are children (18.3% of kids)
  • 323,085 are elders (10.4% of seniors)
  • 1,326,439 are adults 18-64 (12.2 % of adults)
  • 810,245 are in female-headed families (26.5% of such families)

Looked at another way:

  • 1,061,497 males are poor (12.1 % males)
  • 1,309,311 females are poor (14.3% of females)
  • 1,581,525 whites are poor (11.3% of whites)
  • 594,297 blacks are poor (22% of blacks)
  • 673,138 Hispanics are poor (17.8% of Hispanics)
  • 525,783 immigrants are poor (15.7% of foreign-born)


Fr. Fred Kammer, SJ, is the lead JSRI liaison to Florida groups, assisted by other staff as appropriate.

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