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MEMORANDUM

                                                                                                                                                                                            
 
As you know, local chambers of commerce are the lifeblood of community development and are often at the forefront of making communities more competitive.  As we release the Florida Chamber’s updated healthcare plan, I would like to thank Bob Rohrlack of the Greater Tampa Chamber and Jacob Stuart of the Central Florida Partnership for participating throughout the fall on several of the Florida Chamber Healthcare Task Force meetings and calls.
 

Download your personal a copy of the Florida Chamber’s Smarter Healthcare Plan for Florida by clicking here.
 
Join the Florida Chamber’s Smarter Healthcare Coverage in Florida plan by contacting Greg Blose at
gblose@flchamber.com.

In our efforts to continue securing Florida’s future by making our state more competitive, the Florida Chamber is pleased to share a Smarter Healthcare Coverage in Florida – a seven-point comprehensive plan that:
  • Eliminates the expensive and burdensome $1.4 billion hidden tax on Florida’s families and businesses,
  • Improves access to healthcare through innovation and an expanded field of healthcare professionals, and
  • Produces better health and economic outcomes by reducing fraud, lawsuit abuse and inflated workers’ comp costs.

Like many, the Florida Chamber remains significantly concerned about the growth of federal entitlements and the resulting erosion of our freedoms. To be clear, the Florida Chamber opposes the traditional expansion of Medicaid. Only if an alternative plan, one that embraces private solutions with flexible steps to eliminate the $1.4 billion cost shift on Florida families and caps Florida’s Medicaid budget at 32 percent, would we support the use of additional federal funds. Without these provisions, the Florida Chamber does not support the expansion of Medicaid.

The Florida Chamber’s Healthcare Task Force took a careful look at the state of healthcare in Florida, and with the input and endorsement of the Board of Directors, developed a Smarter Healthcare Coverage in Florida with the goal of making Florida more competitive by bending the cost curve on Florida’s families and job creators.

As Florida prepares to welcome six million new residents by 2030, Florida has an important opportunity to get healthcare coverage right. As lawmakers consider expanding healthcare coverage to as many as one million uninsured Floridians, your chamber can count on the Florida Chamber continuing to play an integral role in helping reform our state’s healthcare system.

Right now, Floridians are paying $1.4 billion in hidden healthcare taxes to cover the uninsured. That’s about $2,000 on insured Floridians for every hospital stay to cover the cost of the uninsured. And, uninsured healthcare costs are expected to rise as the federal government ends funding for the Low Income Pool (LIP).

The Florida Chamber’s Smarter Healthcare Coverage in Florida plan will help ensure taxpayers benefit from accepting federal dollars instead of being punished by shifting even more costs of extended healthcare coverage to families and businesses. This plan is a cost efficient, sustainable healthcare model that provides coverage to the uninsured and eliminates the cost shift.

Download your personal a copy of the Florida Chamber’s Smarter Healthcare Plan for Florida by clicking here or by visiting www.FloridaChamber.com/HealthCareSolutions.

Join the Florida Chamber’s Smarter Healthcare Coverage in Florida plan by contacting Greg Blose at gblose@flchamber.com.

As always, please contact me if you have questions or concerns at mwilson@flchamber.com. Thank you for your continued support of free enterprise and of the Florida Chamber.
    
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