This week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., rounded up Democrats in the Florida delegation in sending a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis, urging him to expand Medicaid during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Noting that 38 other states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid, Lawson insisted doing so could ensure more than 850,000 more residents of the Sunshine State have coverage.
“Leaving Floridians without health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic, with billions of federal dollars available to help pay for it, is simply heartless,” Rep. Lawson said. “I have seen firsthand the impact that COVID-19 has had our citizens and believe that the time to act is now.”
“Florida’s failure to expand Medicaid has already cost the state at least $66 billion, a number that is increasing rapidly during this public health crisis,” Lawson added. “It is time we remove all the barriers, and provide Floridians with the health care coverage they need.”
Other signers of the letter included Florida Democrat U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor, Charlie Crist, Val Demings, Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, Alcee Hastings, Stephanie Murphy, Darren Soto, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Frederica Wilson.
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