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Doctors group: Florida faces consequences for not expanding Medicaid

The White House continues to hammer Florida’s Republican governor and legislative majority with reports on all the benefits the SunshineState is missing out on for refusing to expand eligibility for Medicaid.

Last week, the White House Council of Economic Advisers warned in a report titled “Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid” that Florida was missing out on 63,800 jobs between 2014 and 2017.

On Friday, Doctors for America, a group of physician advocates with ties to President Obama, joined with uninsured Floridians for a press conference to share the names, faces and stories of a few of the estimated 848,000 people who would receive healthcare coverage if the state were to expand Medicaid.

Their target audience: Gov. Rick Scott and the state Legislature, who have refused to accept billions in federal dollars to expand Florida’s income eligibility for Medicaid.

According to the report from the Council of Economic Advisers, an estimated 848,000 more people would receive healthcare coverage if state leaders were to expand Medicaid; an additional 123,000 people would receive cholesterol screenings; an additional 2.2 million physician visits would take place; and an estimated 150,000 fewer Floridians would face financial hardship because of medical bills.


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Florida has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. I would like to see how many of the "Doctors Of America" group are accepting Obama-Care in their private offices. Physicians who accept Medicaid are usually at the bottom of the earning scale.

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