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For Immediate Release:
January 08, 2015
Media Contact:
Johanna Cervone
cervone@miamidade.gov
305-401-0869

Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava joins other leaders at Medicaid Expansion Day of Action, calls for change


Miami, FL- Today, Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava joined other local leaders and community organizations at the Medicaid Expansion Day of Action outside of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center to call for Medicaid expansion for the nearly one million Floridians who fall into the coverage gap.

“We cannot continue gambling Florida’s access to critical and basic healthcare. This is a high stakes game and it is unacceptable to put political parties before the needs of the people of our state. Hundreds of thousands of Floridians qualify for Medicaid expansion and meanwhile, taxpayers are footing the bill. This isn’t about Democrats vs. Republicans, it’s about improving the quality of people’s lives and smart economic policy.”

Commissioner Levine Cava was joined by members of non-profits and labor unions, including Catalyst Miami, South Florida Voices for Working Families and SEIU 1991. The crowd included a diverse group of Florida residents who fall into the coverage gap and suffer from various illnesses, from students to mothers and their children. The Commissioner urged listeners to contact their local representatives.

“Call, write and urge that our elected leaders listen to the people of Florida and Miami-Dade county during this legislative session. This is an issue of humanity, not politics.”

Nearly 800,000 Floridians fall into the coverage gap and Florida is currently refusing $5 billion per year in money that could provide critical care to hardworking residents across the state.