Soto, Florida Members Advocate for Full Funding of Florida’s Medicaid Program
KISSIMMEE — Last week, members of the Florida congressional delegation, led by Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09), wrote a letter to leaders of the Florida state Legislature encouraging full funding of Florida’s Medicaid program through the $10 billion provided by the recently-passed American Rescue Plan Act.
“As the state budget process moves forward, we believe the Legislature should ensure full funding for Florida’s Medicaid program. Most importantly, this funding is critical to ensure access to vital health care services for Florida’s most vulnerable patients,” wrote the members. “Our hospitals have been – and remain – on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19, and we believe strongly now is not the time to cut resources for those central in caring for Floridians as we continue our collective efforts to combat this virus and rebuild from its devastating impact.”
In an effort to further advocate for a fully funded Medicaid program, Congressman Soto will meet with members of the Legislature in Tallahassee this week. Soto serves on the powerful U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has oversight over healthcare and the COVID-19 pandemic response.
“I look forward to having important conversations with state representatives about the investments we will make to rebuild our state after the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congressman Soto. “I hope we can work together to uplift the very public health programs that have responded to this unprecedented crisis.”
The letter was signed by nine members of the Florida congressional delegation, including Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09), Rep. Charlie Crist (FL-13), Rep. Val Demings (FL-10), Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22), Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-21), Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL-20), Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) and Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24).
To read the full text of the letter, please click here.