Struggling Grandmother Speaks Out on Healthcare at FL Capitol

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Community Health Action Information Network Release

Tallahassee, FL - As health consumers raise the alarm on the need for Medicaid expansion, advocacy groups release an online petition urging Gov. Rick Scott and lawmakers to do the right thing for Florida's uninsured & its sluggish economy.

Lawmakers on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) select committees are delving into the health reform law to develop recommendations for implementation of the federal law. The most pressing decision is whether to accept federal Medicaid dollars to extend eligibility to one million low-wage Floridians. Expanding Medicaid would create 65,000 new jobs; with the federal government paying 100% for the first three years and 90% after that. Health consumer, Paulette Wilson, knows first-hand what it is like to go without health insurance and she will travel to Tallahassee tomorrow to tell her story.

WHO: Paulette Wilson is a 61 year-old uninsured woman from Miami. Ms. Wilson, a cosmetologist for over 20 years, has been unable to secure health insurance coverage for ten years due to low wages, pre-existing conditions and high out-of-pocket healthcare costs. She has incurred medical debt.

WHAT: Ms. Wilson will be testifying before the PPACA FL House select committee

WHEN: Friday, January 25, 2013 (PPACA meeting begins at 10:30 am)

WHERE: 214 House Office Building * 402 South Monroe Street * Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300

In order to give Floridians a voice on this important matter, health advocacy groups have widely distributed an online encouraging lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott to put partisan politics aside and accept federal Medicaid expansion dollars. The petition urges state leaders to do what is best for the many uninsured, working Floridians who will benefit from expansion and outlines the ways the Medicaid dollars will boost Florida's economy.

Florida CHAIN is a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of all Floridians by promoting access to quality, affordable health care. CHAIN stands for Community Health Action Information Network. Founded in 2008, Progress Florida is a nonprofit organization promoting progressive values through online organizing, media outreach, and networking with Florida's leading organizations.

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