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New Message from Coalition to Heal Healthcare in FL Highlights Urgent Need for Medicaid Services

~ Coalition’s commercial urges legislators to spare essential health care programs
from devastating funding cuts ~

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Coalition to Heal Healthcare in Florida, Inc., has released its fourth strong message highlighting the life-saving urgency for Medicaid funding and calling on state legislators to minimize the impact on Florida’s children from any reductions.

The commercial emphasizes the effects that budget cuts could have on children and their families who depend on the Medicaid program. The Coalition is a statewide, bipartisan organization working at the grassroots level to stop devastating cuts to Florida’s Medicaid program.

“The Legislature is now in the home stretch of its budget-writing process, and there is no time to spare for Floridians who understand the tremendous difference Medicaid makes in so many families’ lives,” says Bruce Reuben, president of the Florida Hospital Association.  “Our most vulnerable children have felt the burden of repeated budget cuts, and it’s now time to draw the line and prevent further reductions.”

The television message premieres today in Tallahassee. It is part of a broader Coalition effort against Medicaid cuts that includes a website, social media, more than 15,000 letters to legislators from concerned citizens and three other TV messages. The Coalition’s overall message to legislators is No More Cuts.

The Coalition is composed of patients, their families and health care professionals determined to protect funding for the care of low-income families, children, the elderly and disabled. Members have leveraged their collective voices to bring awareness to the consequences of further cuts to the Medicaid program. To date, more than 60 organizations have joined the Coalition.

To view the new message or for more information on the Coalition, visit: healflhealthcare.com.

The following is the text from the television message:

 

Heal Florida Health Care

“Braelyn”


Mom:

When our son Braelyn was only five months old, he contracted bacterial meningitis. He was brought back to life in a hospital emergency room…twice.

Dad:

But without Medicaid, we couldn’t afford medication costing thousands of dollars a month.

Mom:

We will sacrifice whatever it takes to keep our son alive, including food on the table.

Dad:

Please call your state Senator in Tallahassee and let ‘em know that cutting Medicaid is the kind of tough no parent should have to face.

 

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New Commercial from Coalition to Heal Healthcare in FL Challenges Proposed Medicaid Budget Cuts

~ Coalition’s commercial calls for citizens to contact legislators to

prevent further cuts to health care funding ~

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Coalition to Heal Healthcare in Florida, Inc., has released another impassioned television commercial reiterating the impact of the proposed Medicaid cuts on the state’s children.

The commercial emphasizes the effects that budget cuts could have on children and their families who depend on the Medicaid program. The Coalition is a statewide, bipartisan organization working at the grassroots level to stop devastating cuts to Florida’s Medicaid program.

“Making sure our children have access to health care services when they need them should be among our highest priorities,” says Bruce Rueben, president of the Florida Hospital Association.  “Further cuts to funding care for the children of low income families targets the most vulnerable and threatens access to health care for all children.”

The commercial premieres today in Tallahassee. It is part of a broader Coalition effort against Medicaid cuts that includes a website, social media, more than 13,000 letters to legislators from concerned citizens and two other TV commercials. The Coalition’s overall message to legislators is No More Cuts.

The Coalition is comprised of patients, their families and health care professionals determined to protect funding for the care of low-income families, children, the elderly and disabled. Members have leveraged their collective voices to bring awareness to the consequences of further cuts to the Medicaid program. To date, more than 60 organizations have joined the Coalition.

 

To view the new commercial or for more information on the Coalition, visit: healflhealthcare.com.

The following is the text from the television commercial, “Our Children”:

The Coalition to Heal Healthcare in Florida, Inc.

 

Tish:

My husband and I never dreamed that we would need a government program like Medicaid.

Until our daughter was born…so beautiful but medically challenged.

There are so many Florida children on Medicaid today…big cuts would impact overall care for every one of them.

Call your state Senator today, and let them know Medicaid not only serves seniors, working parents, and the disabled, but is a vital part of keeping our children healthy…

…and alive.

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Coalition to Heal Healthcare Unveils New Commercial Focusing on Harmful Impact of Medicaid Cuts on Florida’s Children

For Immediate Release

February 16, 2012  

Contact: Lisa Garcia

(850) 222-1996

~ Coalition’s new TV commercial urges legislators to avoid cuts to health care funding for our most vulnerable Floridians ~

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Coalition to Heal Healthcare in Florida, Inc., today unveiled a passionate new television commercial shining a light on the impact of proposed Medicaid cuts on the state’s most vulnerable citizens: its children.

The commercial notes that seven in 10 Floridians enrolled in the Medicaid program are pregnant women and children, therefore cuts would affect these two groups the most. The Coalition, a statewide bipartisan organization, is working at the grassroots level to stop unprecedented cuts to Florida’s Medicaid program.

“It’s bad enough that Medicaid cuts would harm those Floridians who are least able to find other ways to obtain health care. But the harm that cuts will cause to children is inexcusable and cannot be ignored,” said Bruce Rueben, president of the Florida Hospital Association.

The commercial will debut tomorrow on Tallahassee television stations and next week in markets across the state. It is part of a broader Coalition effort against Medicaid cuts that includes a website, social media engagement platforms and an earlier TV commercial. The Coalition’s overall message to legislators is No More Cuts.

The video, “The Children’s Wing,” can be viewed at www.healflhealthcare.com. The following is the text of the television commercial:

Heal Florida Health Care – “The Children’s Wing”

When a child is hurting, your heart drops.

Which is why around here, we put it all on the line.

But if the Legislature cuts Medicaid again, too many kids will face longer odds.

One day … that kid could be yours.

It’s bad enough Medicaid cuts will affect health care

 … for seniors …

 … the disabled

… and moms-to-be.

But our children?

Call your legislator.

Paid for by the Coalition to Heal Healthcare in Florida, Inc.

Medicaid provides a safety net for 3 million of Florida’s low-income families, children, the elderly and disabled. To date, more than 50 organizations have joined the Coalition to Heal Healthcare in Florida, Inc. to oppose further reductions to this all-important program. Additional information about the Coalition is available at: www.healflhealthcare.com.

 

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