The Government Relations Department at Orlando Health serves to advance the organization’s public policy agenda by monitoring healthcare legislation and strengthening relationships with local, state and federal elected officials and agencies.
Healthcare is a dynamic industry which is seeing many changes at the state and federal levels of government. On June 29, 2012, the healthcare industry landscape made a historical change as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Along with being upheld, states were given flexibility in deciding whether to allow for the expansion of the Medicaid program. Under the ACA, people under the age of 65 would generally qualify for Medicaid if their income was less than or equal to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. During Florida’s 2013 state legislative session, the legislature did not pass any type of coverage expansion program for the working poor. Orlando Health supports coverage expansion and continues to work closely with its hospital industry partners in advocating for this issue.
Over the past few years, the security of Medicaid funding and the programs it supports have been vulnerable at the state level. Medicaid funding takes up about 43 percent of the state’s Health and Human Services budget with the majority of funding going to provide service to Medicaid recipients. Needless to say, when members of the legislature are looking to balance the budget, Medicaid reimbursement rate cuts are always considered.
Want to know more about our key priorities? Click here to learn more about our 2013 federal and state legislative priorities.
Want to become an advocate for Orlando Health? Contact Michelle Strenth, Government Relations Director, or Rachael Elliott, Government Relations Representative, to get involved.
Read recent articles from the Orlando Health Government Relations staff at our According to Winnie website