Uninsured

An Open Letter to Rick Scott

Dear Governor Scott, This weekend presents a terrific opportunity for you to visit with either (or both) President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence, as both have stated intentions to visit our beautiful state.  Vice President Pence will be  in Jacksonville and President Trump for another weekend at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach.  We think […]

REPEAL? REPLACE? REVISE? REPAIR? Who Knows?…

What do we know? Resistance and voters being vocal is working! Chances are that if you are reading this, you have more than a passing interest in the biggest debate of our lifetimes.  There is no more vital issue to human beings than their health, and all of the related activities associated with either being […]

Miami Herald: State Could Help More Sick, Poor, But Won’t

By The Miami Herald Editorial Board Miami-Dade County, in many respects, is a great place to live, but a new report reveals that for the poor and sick, it continues to be a harsh place where they can barely survive. On Wednesday, the Florida Community Health Action Information Network, will unveil its latest findings — and […]

Op-Ed: Legislature Must Tackle Health Care This Session

By Kim Williams Imagine you own a restaurant and are forced to charge your customers less than what it costs to make their meals. Now, imagine that you must serve every single patron who walks through your doors, including those who are unable to cover the cost of their food. That is a difficult, and even […]

CHAIN’s Brennaman: Expanding Medicaid Could Help Florida’s Finances

Florida will have more federal money to reimburse health care providers for care they provide uninsured patients if the state accepts federal funding for Medicaid expansion, says Florida CHAIN’s Policy & Research Director Laura Brennaman, PhD, RN. Dr. Brennaman told WMNF’s Sean Kinane that the federal government’s 60-day extension to spend about $166 million to fund […]

Former Construction Worker Shares His Gap Story

John Davis, 48, of Port Charlotte, FL is uninsured and not working. John, like thousands of others in Florida is stuck in the disgraceful coverage gap. He does not qualify for coverage through the marketplace exchange, nor does he qualify for Medicaid coverage. He is living with severe health issues that are taking a detrimental […]

“Let my voice and my story be heard by others…”

Tarika Collins is a survivor. At 45, she has survived a rapid transformation that has seen her life change from working as a corporate travel agent to working through a labyrinth of severe heart conditions, nerve damage in her back and neck, and bouts of depression, anxiety, panic attacks and agoraphobia. Tarika suffered a heart […]

(Video) Gap Consumer shares her story: It is not a factor of being lazy

Alison King is a very grateful patient of the Brandon Outreach Clinic near Tampa, Florida. She relies on the free health services of volunteer medical staff at Brandon to help her manage her many health issues. Alison sat down at the Brandon Outreach Clinic in September 2014 to share her story with community members and […]

Divorcee’ finds affordable care through Florida’s healthcare exchange

During her married years, Joyce Dauby, 59, health insurance was never a question. She always had access to affordable healthcare either through her work or through her husband’s employer. “When my husband and I were going through our divorce I needed health insurance until I could find full-time employment. Presently I’m working on getting my […]

Mid-life career change creates struggles to afford healthcare

Laurie Pinna is unemployed. It’s a unique situation for the 49 year old who has worked in retail for 30 years. “I’ve gone through my savings and find myself struggling financially.” A full time student at USF finishing her degree in Information Technology, Laurie feels strongly that if she is ever to have better job […]