Children’s Health Coverage in Florida Making Progress But Many Challenges Ahead, New FPN Brief Shows

KidsCoverageBriefCover600Last week Florida Philanthropic Network and our Florida Health Funders member affinity group released an educational brief on the state of children’s health coverage in Florida. Anyone who cares about the health of Florida’s kids needs to know the information covered in the publication.

Authored by Joan Alker, Executive Director of the Center for Children and Families at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, the brief has some good news for Florida: over the past five years, the number and rate of uninsured children has declined in in the state, mirroring a nationwide trend. In 2008, about 668,000 Florida children ages 18 and under were uninsured; by 2013 that number had dropped to 445,000. Continue reading

How the Affordable Care Act Could Impact Florida & the Role for Philanthropy

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. The ACA law is likely to touch the lives of virtually every Floridian, but key elements of the law are unknown to many and poorly understood by others – due in large part to the law’s complexity.

That’s one reason why Florida Philanthropic Network has just released a report that provides a clear, concise and independent overview of how the ACA is likely to impact the lives of Floridians, and suggests key roles for philanthropy to play as the ACA is implemented in the state. We hope the report will help raise the level of awareness and understanding of the ACA and its potential impacts, so that we can help ensure the most positive health outcomes for our communities and our state. Continue reading

Major Changes May Be in Store for Florida Medicaid in 2012

In 2012, Floridians could see significant changes in the state’s Medicaid program that could impact vulnerable populations of concern to many grantmakers in Florida. These changes are part of an effort, begun in 2006, to move Florida Medicaid toward greater use of managed care with the stated goal of controlling costs.

For the past six years, experts at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, supported by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, have followed Florida Medicaid changes with a particular eye toward how these shifts are affecting, and will affect, the 3.1 million Floridians who rely on Medicaid for their health coverage.

In two recently-released educational briefs, also supported by the Winter Park Health Foundation, Georgetown researchers outline what changes may be on the horizon for 2012 and highlight particular concerns about a plan to impose broad-based fees on Medicaid beneficiaries.

Here is a quick look at the two briefs. Continue reading