Expanding Coverage Will Help Florida Get Healthier

An editorial in today’s Sarasota Herald-Tribune made the case for Medicaid expansion, saying it “would be good for Florida, good for citizens and good for employers” and “the humane and sensible choice.” Click here to read more about this critical issue.

Last week, Sarasota Memorial leaders joined other local organizations in asking members of Sarasota’s legislative delegation to accept federal coverage expansion funds. We noted that Florida is facing an important decision point that will impact everyone’s access to high quality, affordable care. The state has the opportunity to use over $50 billion in federal funds to extend health care coverage to 1 million people, giving them access to primary and preventative care that will help them avoid serious illnesses, get early treatments and stay productive. For our hospital, it means having more resources that benefit every patient. For our state, future costs will be offset by savings in the Medically Needy and other programs.

What can you do? Hundreds of businesses from around the state as well as chambers of commerce and individual residents have joined “A Healthy Florida Works,” a coalition supporting the extension of  health care coverage.  For more information or to join the coalition, click here.

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