Florida Remedy renews call for extending coverage to Florida’s working poor

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Caregivers and patients from across the state converged at the Capitol to speak to the importance of extending health care coverage to a million or more uninsured, working Floridians as part of the Florida Remedy campaign, led by the Florida Hospital Association. 
 
“We’re here because Florida needs a remedy,” said Erin Ennis, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Board Member. “Providing uninsured Floridians with access to health care coverage will encourage a healthier Florida – while also creating thousands of jobs.”
 
“During my 25 years in medicine, I’ve seen firsthand the despair families experience when they are forced to use the emergency room for primary care,” said Lisa Sgarlata, Chief Administrative Officer for Lee Memorial Hospital located in Ft. Myers. “Many are patients who could have been better served through preventive care, but couldn’t afford it.”
 
“It’s shocking how many low-income patients who cannot afford private insurance are ineligible for Medicaid,” said Maybelline Samiel, a patient advisor with BayCare Health System in Tampa. “We can fix that through a Florida Remedy, a way to extend coverage to uninsured, working Floridians.”
 
Earlier this year, The Florida Hospital Association released a report by the University of Florida Food & Resource Economics Department showing that the proposed extension of health care coverage would create 54,288 jobs in Florida with an average wage of $52,230 – 22 percent higher than the state salary average.

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