Miami Should Defy Navigator Ban, Stand with Broward and Pinellas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Contact: Rachel Johnson, 305.771.2167
Emailrachel@miamidadedemocrats.org

Miami-Dade should defy navigator ban, stand with Broward and Pinellas

Today Broward County is expected to pass a resolution defying Governor Rick Scott's ban of Obamacare navigators from county health offices, joining Pinellas as the second county to resist the navigator ban. 

"We applaud Broward Mayor Kristin Jacobs and county commissioners for resisting Governor Scott's outrageous attempts to deny Floridians access to health care information," said Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Annette Taddeo-Goldstein. 

"Mayor Gimenez took pains last week to reinforce that his office is non-partisan. If he truly stands by those words, then he won't hesitate to put the 800,000 uninsured people of Miami-Dade over politics. He should join Mayor Jacobs in telling the state of Florida that Miami-Dade will open its health offices to navigators, and that our county will do everything in our power to expand access to health care for those who need it most — not obstruct it." 

Miami-Dade residents face a double obstacle to accessing information about health care options. Under Governor Scott and the Florida Department of Health's recent ruling, enrollment navigators are currently banned from setting foot in county health offices. And, on October 1 — the day enrollment begins — the county is eliminating the health care planning department, which previously helped provide solutions to uninsured residents in need of coverage.

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