Charlotte Joseph Cassel
Name of Host Organization: Florida Legal Services, Inc.
City, State: Miami, Florida
Issue area: Health Care
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig, LLP, The Florida Bar Foundation, The Florida Bar
Charlotte’s project was focused on ensuring that vulnerable Floridians are able access essential health care services in an overhauled health care system through direct client representation, impact advocacy, and education.
Need Addressed By Project
Florida has the second highest rate of uninsured Americans and nearly 10% of the country’s uninsured. However, as we have now seen during the first three open enrollment periods for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Floridians desperately want coverage. Furthermore, Florida has not accepted funds to expand Medicaid, leaving many vulnerable individuals at risk. Additionally, the Medicaid program has undergone a massive overhaul during the transition to Managed Care, which has left many people at risk for not receiving the care to which they are entitled. During this critical time, it is important that Floridians receive the representation they need and that the larger systemic issues of access to health care are adequately addressed.