Video: Florida’s 6-Week Abortion Ban Could Hurt Uninsured Women Most

By Floricua Staff

May 17, 2024

Dr. Cecilia Grande, a Puerto Rican OB/GYN with a practice in Florida, says Florida’s six-week abortion ban that went into effect May 1 will especially hurt women who lack health insurance due to Republicans’ continued refusal to support the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. This failure leaves roughly 1 million people across the state without health insurance, including non-Hispanic Black people, young adults, and women, particularly women of reproductive age. “Typically, we have more African Americans and more people that are recent immigrants that are underinsured,” Dr. Grande told Floricua. “I’ve had frantic phone calls from patients that were given letters that their insurance was gonna run out. So I had to get them in before the end of the month because of that.” Florida is one of 10 states that has not expanded its Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. “If a patient is underinsured or uninsured, she’s going to be affected to a greater degree,” said Dr. Grande. 🖊️: @gcbalido 📸: N/A

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