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Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz Applauds FL Senate Democrats’ Push for Medicaid Expansion

In the midst of the ongoing COVID pandemic this week Florida Senate Democrats introduced a new push for Medicaid expansion here in Florida. The joint resolution presented by Sen. Annette Taddeo of Miami-Dade County and Sen. Lori Berman of Palm Beach County, calls for a statewide referendum on expanding eligibility to encompass people who are low income but not low income enough to qualify under current criteria. 

As Senate Democratic leaders Gary Farmer and Perry Thurston highlighted at the press conference announcing this push, “if not now – in the midst of a pandemic that has sickened millions of Floridians and killed more than 28,000 — then when?” 

In support of this push, Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz released the following statement: 

“It is beyond time for us to expand Medicaid here in Florida. Our communities are struggling and expansion comes with over 50 million dollars in federal funding and will expand healthcare access to over 900,000 hard working Floridians. I applaud our Senate Democrats for taking the lead on this issue that is at the top of so many Floridians’ minds, especially as the Republicans focus on other frivolous legislation. Floridians should not have to choose between getting the healthcare they need and putting food on their table. They need healthcare now!” 

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Florida Phoenix: FL Dems renew calls for Medicaid expansion, letting voters decide

By Laura Cassells | February 9, 2021 

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