Health Care Defense
While the 2017 Congress was unable to repeal the ACA and fundamentally alter the Medicaid program, threats to Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act remain. FHJP is defending against those through outreach, education, and collaboration. Read more about our work on the following:
- Opposing the proposed changes to the nondiscrimination regulations under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557, the nondiscrimination provision of the ACA, expands long-standing federal civil rights protections to certain healthcare programs and activities. The proposed rule changes will negatively impact multiple at-risk populations. Read more
- Don't Repeal ACA Without an Instant Replacement (Op-Ed by Miriam Harmatz published in the Miami Herald)
- Implications of Senate Tax Plan’s Repeal of Individual Mandate on Florida: Almost 900,00 Fewer Insured Floridians, Higher Costs
Working with local, state and national partners in defending Medicaid, e.g.
- Opposing the Administration's effort to undermine the current rule protecting access to health care services for Medicaid recipients. Read more
- Opposing Governor Scott’s efforts to eliminate retroactive coverage—a critical benefit for aged and disabled Floridians helping to ensure they can get timely treatment and saving them and their families from financial stress and bankruptcy. Read more
- Filing comments to state Medicaid eligibility rules that show where the proposed rules fail to provide certain consumer protections guaranteed under federal law.
Medicare is a critical part of the health care system. There is much to be done in order to strengthen and protect the program so that it can adequately serve the health care needs of low-income Floridians.
Along with Center on Medicare Rights, we filed a lawsuit in the Southern District court of Florida defending the right of a low-income disabled Medicare beneficiary who has been denied coverage of a medically necessary medication. Read more