In this issue ~

  • >>  FHJP coordinates  Florida advocacy efforts opposing changes to the "public charge" immigration rule
  • >> FHJP releases the Advocate's Guide to the Florida Long-Term Care Medicaid Waiver
  • >> FHJP organizes the first South Florida Elder Health and Economic Justice Conference

FHJP analysis featured in Miami Herald's October 10, 2018 article covering the impact of the proposed public charge rule


This article highlights Dr. Matt Childers's research analyzing the rule's impact in causing children to lose critical benefits, including heath coverage and SNAP. The article also features Dr. Fred Anderson, FHJP Board member, discussing how the proposed rule changes are adding to immigrants' fears and raising the likelihood that their medical conditions will worsen. 

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FHJP coordinates South Florida advocacy efforts opposing draft changes to the "public charge" immigration rule


FHJP's Matt Childers and other advocates join Miami-Dade County Commissioner Eileen Higgins, Daniella Levine Cava, and Florida State Senator José Javier Rodriguez at a press conference opposing the public charge rule's draft changes on September 24, 2018.

Florida Health Justice Project opposes the Trump Administration's proposed changes to the "public charge" immigration rules that control how the use of public benefits affect an immigrant's legal status.  For the first time, immigration officials could consider use of critical non-cash benefits intended to safeguard the health, nutrition, housing and economic security of America's low-income families in making public charge determinations.  States with large immigrant populations like Florida will be disproportionately impacted.


FHJP Co-founder and Director of Policy Research Matt Childers briefs a delegation of Latino state legislators from across the country about the draft public charge rule changes and how they would affect immigrant families’ participation in government safety net programs like Medicaid and SNAP at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials’ policy institute in downtown Miami on September 15, 2018.

FHJP releases the Advocate's Guide to the Florida Long-Term Care Medicaid Waiver


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.

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FHJP organizes the first South Florida Elder Health and Economic Justice Conference


FHJP's Miriam Harmatz giving an overview of the home and community based services that are provided through Florida's Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care (LTC) Waiver.

FHJP, Justice in Aging, Florida Justice Technology Center, and other partners came together for the first-ever South Florida Elder Health and Economic Justice Conference.  The sessions were recorded and will be available soon on Florida Advocate.  See the conference agenda here.

Note from Miriam

We couldn't be doing this important work without your generous support!  It has been gratifying to see FHJP take a critical role in Florida advocacy efforts.  For example, organizing opposition to the administration’s proposed public charge rule  demonstrates our unique capability to leverage expertise, partnerships and networks.


Please consider continuing to support FHJP through regular donations.
With sincere gratitude,