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American Cancer Society: Floridians want state to expand Medicaid

A majority of Floridians want the Florida Legislature to accept federal funding and expand Medicaid, according to the results of a survey commissioned by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

The survey said 63 percent of the 982 registered voters polled supported the state receiving federal dollars to allow more uninsured Floridians to enroll in Medicaid, compared to 25 percent who did not. The survey was conducted by left-leaning Lake Research Partners and GS Strategy Group, often affliated with the GOP, the week of Dec. 13 through 22.

Among Republicans, 47 percent opposed taking the money for Medicaid expansion compared to 37 percent who supported it, the survey said. Democrat support was at 88 percent and 67 percent of Independents said the state should accept the funds.

The Panhandle was the only region in the state where a majority of respondents didn't agree with taking the money, 48 percent said "yes" versus 33 percent who said "no."

The Cancer Action Network,  the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, also polled voters in Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Texas on the same issue. The group is hoping the results may influence elected officials in these states to accept the funds.

“States have an opportunity to provide millions of currently uninsured people nationwide with lifesaving health coverage through Medicaid, and public sentiment in various areas of the country is decidedly in favor of states using available federal dollars to pay for it,” said Chris Hansen, president of ACS CAN, via a news release on the organization's website. “If states make that choice, families across the country will have the security of knowing they have access to proven cancer screenings and treatments they otherwise could not afford.”

Click here to read the full Florida survey results.