South Florida’s state health department found that more than half of South Florida residents receive Medicaid, the state health insurance program for low-income people, and nearly 40 percent of those people receive Medicaid benefits, the most in the state.
The report, which is based on data from 2016, found that the percentage of people with Medicaid coverage in South Florida rose by 7.8 percent between 2010 and 2020, from 25.4 percent to 32.9 percent, and the number of people who received Medicaid benefits declined by 1.3 million between 2020 and 2020.
The state also experienced an 8.3 percent decline in Medicaid enrollees in the first year of Medicaid expansion, but an increase of 5.3 percentage points over that same period, from 8.2 percent to 9.1 percent.
The South Florida region includes Orange County, Florida; West Palm Beach, Florida, and Miami-Dade, Florida.
The report found that Medicaid enrollee demographics vary widely among the counties.
Of those in the South Florida metropolitan area, 65.4 million people are enrolled in Medicaid.
The area is also home to a significant share of South American immigrants and residents of the Caribbean and African countries.
About one in six South Florida adults lives below the poverty line, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
About a third of residents in the area live in households headed by a single parent or household headed by someone with a college degree, according the state report.
Nearly 2 million South Floridians live below the federal poverty level, or about $11,000 per year, according a recent report by the Center for American Progress.
That is about $6,600 more than the national poverty level of $27,600.
The Trump administration is expected to unveil a proposal to slash Medicaid spending for the poor and expand the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, by an additional $600 billion over the next decade.
In addition to Medicaid, Trump has promised to cut spending on the Food Stamp Program, food stamps, and other programs that provide aid to low- and moderate-income Americans.
The plan is still being finalized, and it will likely be unveiled before the end of the year.