By a nearly 40-point margin, Florida voters favor accepting federal funds to broaden health care coverage through Medicaid

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The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) commissioned a statewide survey to explore voters’ attitudes toward accepting federal funds to provide more uninsured adults with health coverage through Medicaid. The survey among registered voters in Florida shows a wide margin of support (63% vs. 25%) for accepting federal funds to cover more people. Full poll here.

Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes federal funding available to provide adults earning up to 133% of the federal poverty level ($14,856 for an individual; $30,657 for a family of four in 2012) with health coverage through the Medicaid program. Right now, the only non-disabled Florida adults eligible for Medicaid coverage are parents at or below 58% of FPL. An estimated 869,000 uninsured adults in Florida would be eligible for Medicaid coverage if Florida decides to accept the federal funds that have been allocated for this purpose. Under the new law, the federal government will fund 100% of the costs for states to cover newly-eligible adults from 2014 to 2016, and 90% of the costs by 2020.

A bipartisan team of Lake Research Partners and GS Strategy Group conducted the survey among 982 registered voters December 13-22, 2012.

Among the key findings are:

By a 38-point margin, Florida voters want the state to accept federal funds to provide more uninsured adults with health coverage through its Medicaid program (63% vs. 25%).

Support for accepting federal funds crosses nearly every demographic segment and is especially strong among Latinos, where it has 66% support, and independent voters, where it has 67% support. The only exception is among Republicans, who say they want to reject the funds by a 47% to 37% margin.

After hearing arguments from both sides, Florida voters are much more likely to agree with reasons to accept federal funds (62%) than reasons to turn down the funds (28%).

Fifty-one percent of voters have a close friend or family member who is uninsured.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.