René García http://wlrn.org en Why Florida's Immigrant Children Must Wait Five Years For Health Care http://wlrn.org/post/why-floridas-immigrant-children-must-wait-five-years-health-care <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Florida, children who were born outside the United States -- and live here lawfully -- have to wait five years to qualify for the subsidized health care program known as Florida </span>KidCare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, are sponsoring legislation to drop the five-year waiting period.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The law made its third trip to the legislature this year, and will get its first hearing in the Senate committee Tuesday.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:38:46 +0000 Julia Duba 29705 at http://wlrn.org Why Florida's Immigrant Children Must Wait Five Years For Health Care Why Florida Lawmakers Are Now Considering Medicaid Expansion http://wlrn.org/post/why-florida-lawmakers-are-now-considering-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p>When Florida sued to overturn the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers targeted a piece of the law that would have forced Florida to make Medicaid available to more than a million uninsured Floridians.</p><p>The U. S. Supreme Court upheld most of the act but it made Medicaid expansion optional.</p><p>Now some Florida lawmakers who originally opposed Medicaid expansion are seriously considering that option.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Sammy Mack 8490 at http://wlrn.org Why Florida Lawmakers Are Now Considering Medicaid Expansion