May, 2015

Lend Your Voice for Health Care Coverage Expansion

Jim Nathan Florida is home to approximately 800,000 uninsured men and women in need of access to medical care. In Lee County, 36,000 of our hard-working friends and neighbors need access to health care coverage.

During the recent Legislative Session, the Florida Senate proposed and passed a budget that includes the Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange (FHIX) Program. This option provides the coverage our uninsured working poor need, while creating more jobs and fewer taxes.

Using a free market approach, this option creates a Florida insurance exchange where premiums range from $3-$25 per month and includes co-pays and deductibles. Individuals must be employed or in school—and have an annual income of less than $15,600 for single persons and less than $32,200 for a family of four—to qualify for the Senate’s proposed FHIX Program. This plan will return our federal dollars already collected for this purpose to Florida. We have the opportunity to provide access to health care coverage for those primarily low income working individuals who cannot currently afford coverage and who do not qualify for Medicaid.

Interestingly, the state’s own chief economist, the key individual that Florida relies on for economic advice and projections, found that state government will actually save money by implementing the FHIX insurance coverage plan. Who wouldn’t choose to cover the uninsured to improve health and reduce the cost shifting that occurs to others, primarily business and the commercially insured? Unfortunately, the Florida House of Representatives did not take action on the Senate’s FHIX plan and, instead, adjourned early, leaving the issue unresolved.

Thus, we are asking you to help by joining your friends and neighbors at Lee Memorial Health System and contact your state representative in the House to let him or her know that you support the Senate’s plan to extend health care coverage and ask that they bring it to a vote in the Special Session in June. Making the call is easy—just dial 850-583-4622, leave your full name, ZIP code and the bolded message in the previous sentence.

Please take the time to make the call—the hard-working people of Florida need help. Citizens of a community look out for each other. Together, we must let our elected officials know that we need coverage expansion and the FHIX Program would do it. To learn more about the FHIX Program, visit www.AHealthyFloridaWorks.com/the-facts.

Peace,

Jim Nathan

Jim Nathan

President, Lee Memorial Health System

Thank you for your support. Together we are caring people, caring for people.


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