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Payer Roundup—Stakeholders start push to get Medicaid expansion on ballot in Florida

February 08, 2019 / Paige Minemyer

Following successful Medicaid expansion ballot measures in other red states, stakeholders in Florida are beginning a quiet campaign to follow suit. A significant number of Floridians would be eligible for Medicaid coverage if the state expanded the program. As many as 700,000 additional people could enroll, with only Texas having a larger population of newly eligible enrollees under expansion. However, expansion is still a long shot, as the Republican-controlled legislature is not likely to back a measure. Newly instated Gov. Ron DeSantis also campaigned on opposing expansion. In addition, a ballot measure needs at least 60% of the vote in Florida to pass. “What our approach has been on these ballot initiatives is you don’t usually take it to the ballot unless you feel you’re going to win,” Patrick Willard, senior director of state and national strategic partnerships for Families USA, an advocacy group, said.