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There are still a few spaces available in these upcoming trainings so register now to earn free CLEs and network with other legal aid advocates. Hotel room blocks are available for the Housing Umbrella Group Conference & Train the Trainers (click on the links below).

Upcoming Events
FLS Statewide Training Initiative: Mental Health First Aid: Tampa 9.5 CLEs
Friday, Feb 21, 08:30AM
Bay Area Legal Services

FLS Statewide Training Initiative: Mental Health First Aid: Miami 9.5 CLEs
Friday, Feb 28, 08:30AM
Legal Services of Greater Miami

FLS Statewide Training Initiative: Housing Umbrella Group 11 CLEs
Monday, Mar 02, 08:30AM
Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Airport

FLS Statewide Training Initiative: Train the Trainers
Monday, Mar 09, 08:30AM
Office of the Public Defender 9th Judicial Circuit


CBPP Report

According to this report from CBPP, 2,776 people have died in Florida between 2014 and 2017 because the state has not expanded Medicaid.

As many of us continue the effort to educate the public and decision-makers about the impact of Medicaid expansion, it is important to share this data, as well as sharing individual stories.

If you know of low-income uninsured adults who might be interested in more information on the issue and/or sharing their story, please share this link to Florida Health Justice STORIES.

Resources for the new Public Charge Rule

The new Public Charge rule will go into affect in October (barring challenge in the courts).  Here are several resources developed by the Florida Health Justice Project and Protect Immigrant Families to help understand and prepare for the new rule. 

Translations of: Getting the Help You NeedSpanish, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese 

Translations of: Let's Talk About Public Charge: Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese

Translations of: You Have Rights Protect Your Health: Hindi, Korean, Vietnamese

Your Go-To Guide To Decode Medical Bills

Kaiser Health News gives you this user-friendly toolkit to help patients understand some of the ins and outs of medical billing, what to do if you receive a surprise medical bill and things to keep in mind before getting medical care. Here’s your go-to guide to decode medical bills...

A look at people who have persistently high spending on health care

Health care spending is highly concentrated, with a small share of people accounting for a large share of expenditures during any year – just 5% of people are responsible for at least half of overall spending. This makes understanding and effectively managing the care for this group vital to improving the quality and efficiency of health care delivery...

Videos of the 2019 Florida Elder Justice Conference Posted!

All the recordings of the sessions from the Elder Justice Conference in April have been edited and are now posted to YouTube here.  Many of the recordings feature the slides superimposed next to the speakers.  If you did not have a chance to go to this wonderful conference, please check out these videos! 

National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER):  Resources for Florida Elder Advocates


A few images from the Florida Elder Justice Conference in April. 

A huge thank you to all who presented and worked tirelessly to ensure that the conference was a huge success. You can view all the resources from the conference here.  They are also in the library organized by session. 

Advocate’s Guide to the Florida Long-Term Care Medicaid Waiver Published

The Advocate’s Guide to the Florida Long Term Care Medicaid Waiver  provides a roadmap to the complex Medicaid program providing home and community-based services for frail elderly and disabled Floridians who want to stay out of a nursing home after they can no longer handle the routines of daily living.

The Guide provides advocates with an overview of the authority governing Florida's Medicaid managed care long-term care waiver and a roadmap addressing basic questions including: who is eligible; how to apply; what to do if an application is denied or delayed; how the waitlist works; what to do if services are denied, delayed, terminated or reduced.

The Guide is available online or as a PDF download.


New Federal CHIP Law Will Protect Florida's Children

Joan Alker and the Center for Children and Families have published a new report about how the new CHIP law will work for Florida children and families.  Read more about it and check out the interactive map at the Florida Health Justice Project website.  


Advocate's Guide to the Florida Medicaid Program Published

You can review the guide on the web at the Florida Health Justice Project's website or in our library if you're a member of the practice area.  The guide is 24-pages long and covers  everything the conscientious practitioner needs to know - including 128 legal citations.  The Guide was co-authored by leading experts Miriam Harmatz, co-director of Florida Health Justice Project, Margaret Kosyk of Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc., and Jazmine-Janine Dykes, a third-year law student at the University of Miami School of Law.


The Florida Policy Institute (FPI) has compiled county snapshots with data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Georgetown Center for Children and Families and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, along with local Medicaid expenditure figures provided to FPI by the state Agency on Health Care Administration.



Florida Medicaid Expansion Updates

Article from the Florida Health Justice Project on Medicaid Expansion in Florida as of April, 2019. 

Share how the ACA, Medicaid, and CHIP has helped your clients.

Submit their stories to National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and help put a human face on healthcare.

Florida Medicaid Managed Care Guide:

Florida Legal Services' Advocates' Guide

by Miriam Harmatz, Esq.

Older Floridians Handbook:

The Florida Justice Institute's Sixth Edition of Laws and Programs Affecting Older Floridians