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Florida medical tourism bill sparks protests over state's failure to expand Medicaid

Grass roots organizations are calling on Florida residents who fall into the coverage gap -- unable to qualify for Obamacare because they earn too little, but disqualfied from Medicaid because they earn too much -- to rally outside state legislators' offices. 

The protests scheduled for the morning of April 30 call attention to the legislature’s support for a medical tourism bill, which seeks to attract out-of-state “medical tourists” to Florida’s health care providers, rather than expanding access to the 1.1 million uninsured Floridians already in need of care.    Images

In Miami, the protestors will take a stand outside the office of Rep. Erik Fresen at 6255 Bird Road.  

People like Daniela Sacsek, a student, and Justina Martinez, a domestic worker who is currently unemployed, both of whom fall in the health care coverage gap. 

Who: Coverage gap consumers and health care advocates from Planned Parenthood, Florida Chain, 1Miami, Catalyst, The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, South Florida Voices for Working Families and other groups who are part of the Health Care for Florida Now coalition.

What: Rally to promote health care expansion. 

When: April 30 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

Where: Office of Rep. Erik Fresen, 6255 Bird Road, Miami, Florida 33155

 

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