$12M Medicaid expansion campaign launches in Florida

A campaign to put a Medicaid expansion proposal to Florida voters is underway, the Tallahassee Democrat reported Feb. 1. 

Florida Decides Healthcare is seeking to raise $12 million to fund work to collect signatures to get the issue on the ballot in 2026. The initiative would require 1 million signatures from state residents and approval from the state Supreme Court to appear on ballots, and more than 60% of voters would have to approve the initiative for it to take effect. 

Florida is one of 10 states that has not expanded Medicaid eligibility to all low-income adults. 

State officials in Florida remain opposed to expanding the program, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. 

Seven states — Maine, Idaho, Nebraska, Utah, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Dakota — have implemented expansion through ballot initiatives. 

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