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Miami-Dade residents hungry for healthcare will stage protest in Hialeah

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On Friday, September 20, Miami-Dade community activists and residents of House District 103 will hold a demonstration at 11:15 a.m. in front of State Rep. Manny Diaz, Jr.'s district office in Hialeah to urge him to support his constituents' wishes for Medicaid expansion for Florida. Medicaid expansion would lower healthcare costs and increase access to healthcare for over 1 million Floridians, the protesters say.

“There is still time for our state legislators to do the right thing by accepting federal dollars which will pay 100 percent of expanding Medicaid in Florida to 1.2 million Floridians,” said Luis Cerros, political organizer for 1199 SEIU UHWE, Florida Region. “Medicaid Expansion dollars will create over 100,000 private sector jobs, the state could save $430 million in healthcare costs, improve health, protect families from financial ruin, and ensure doctors and hospitals get paid for the care they deliver, as well as boost the economy,” he said.

After repeated requests for meetings for the past three months, Diaz declined to meet with the constituents to discuss Medicaid expansion. "Rep. Diaz works for us and we’ll let him know that on Friday at his Hialeah district office," said Cerros. 

Rep. Diaz's district office is located at 17680 NW 78th Ave. in Hialeah. 

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