October 07, 2020

Florida Congressional Democrats Ask Ron DeSantis to Extend Waiver for Medicaid, SNAP, TANF Benefits Florida Daily

This week, U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., led fellow Democrats in the Florida congressional delegation a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis urging the continuation of the waiver of work and recertification requirements for Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to those affected most during the COVID-19 crisis.

Currently, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) estimates that there are still percentages of adults and children in need of food and shows an increase of Floridians enrolled in SNAP between February and May. The extension of the waivers would assist the residents and families of Florida who are most in need until the state returns to pre-COVID conditions. With unemployment rates on the rise and the pandemic on-going, it is imperative to continue the waivers for those enrolled, providing support and relief for children and adults who need it the most during these unprecedented times.

Joining Hastings on the letter were fellow Florida Democrats U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor, Charlie Crist, Val Demings, Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, Al Lawson, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Stephanie Murphy, Donna Shalala, Darren Soto, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Frederica Wilson.

Source: Florida Daily