Press Statements / Releases

20 Oral Health Providers Receive $7.6 Million in Federal Grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week awarded 20 oral health care providers across Florida over $7.6 million in grants to increase access to oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes. As a result, approximately 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides, and technicians will treat nearly 785,000 new patients nationwide. Click […]

CHAIN Statement on Florida Medicaid Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Aimed at Improving Access to Medical and Dental Care for Children

Florida CHAIN spokesman Kyle Simon released the following statement in response to a Tampa Bay Times editorial addressing a recent class action lawsuit settlement related to children’s health care: Florida CHAIN commends the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration for reaching a settlement to the litigation initiated on behalf of Florida’s vulnerable children who had limited access […]

Polivka-West: A Pinched Concept of Compassion

By LuMarie Polivka-West, published in The Tampa Bay Times After recently losing his job as Florida’s surgeon general, Dr. John Armstrong was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to serve as deputy secretary for administrative services with the Department of Health. As a result, Armstrong, who has colon cancer and is on administrative leave, will remain […]

Brennaman: Protect Florida’s Most Vulnerable Children

By Laura Brennaman, PhD RN CEN The Miami Herald report about the Florida Department of Health purging frail children from the Children’s Medical Services (CMS) network designed for their needs shines the spotlight on a travesty. Our state is prioritizing tax cuts and corporate welfare above caring for our sickest and most vulnerable children. The exposé […]

Mark Pafford Named Chief Executive Officer of Florida CHAIN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 15, 2015 Contact: Kyle Simon | 202-830-4080 [email protected] WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Florida CHAIN today named Mark Pafford as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Pafford is the current Florida House of Representatives Minority Leader and is completing his final term in the House, where he has served since 2008. “At Florida […]

Poll: Over 60 Percent of Floridians Support Medicaid Expansion

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA — More than six out of 10 Florida voters support Florida policy makers expanding Medicaid to provide health care coverage for uninsured Floridians, according to a Public Policy Polling (PPP) statewide poll. In a survey of 814 voters (conducted September 11-13, 2015), 63 percent of respondents supported accepting billions of dollars in […]

Florida CHAIN’s Laura Brennaman Appointed to Consumer-Focused Health Advisory Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 17, 2015 CONTACT: Kyle Simon, (202) 830-4080, [email protected] ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA — Florida Community Health Action Information Network (CHAIN) today announced the appointment of its Policy & Research Director, Laura Brennaman, PhD RN, to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) State Consumer Health Information and Policy Advisory Council (Advisory […]

Big changes in the Florida CHAIN family

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2015 Contact: Damien Filer / 850-212-1858 / [email protected] Big changes in the Florida CHAIN family  TAMPA – In recent years, Florida has been on the front lines of the national debate over health care reform. Florida CHAIN has played a critical role in helping to sign up more than a […]

Florida Health Advocates and Consumers React to King v. Burwell and Discuss Next Steps

ADVISORY FOR: June 25, 2015 Contact: Rebecca Wakefield 305 804-7051 [email protected]              Jackie de Carvalho 561 287-2879 [email protected] Florida Health Advocates and Consumers React to King v. Burwell and Discuss Next Steps WHEN: Thursday, June 25, 4:00 pm WHERE: 636-651-3141 access code 6180203# WHAT: Media call on Florida’s health care […]

[Press Statement] – Florida CHAIN statement on King v. Burwell decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Ana Tinsly | 646.331.4765 | [email protected] Florida CHAIN statement on King v. Burwell decision: Leah Barber-Heinz, CEO of Florida CHAIN: “Today the Supreme Court safeguarded health care access for more than six million Americans and more than a million Floridians, ensuring hardworking families will continue to receive quality, affordable health care coverage. […]