Expand Access to Affordable Healthcare
Floridians’ access to healthcare has been a political game under Rick Scott’s Administration. As Governor, Philip will direct the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to work with the Federal Government and expand Medicaid and help almost 700,000 Floridians gain access to the care they badly need. Philip believes it is crucial we build a state where everyone has access to the care they need.
Mental Health Funding
Florida ranks 49th in mental health funding. Philip believes this is unacceptable and that we must do better. Mental health is just as important as physical health — many issues stem from a lack of access to mental healthcare.
We must empower our local governments to work with regional providers like schools and community health centers to provide the type of care that is needed in each neighborhood throughout the state. We must also ensure that our corrections system is providing mental healthcare services to those that need it — access to mental health services is an important factor in reducing recidivism.
A Levine administration will make this a top priority and take a forward-thinking approach to ensure all Floridians can access quality and affordable mental healthcare services.
Our state also faces an opioid crisis, as too many fall victim to fentanyl and other prescription painkillers — 15 Floridians die each day as a result of opioid overdose. Recent research has shown a clear correlation between access to medical marijuana and a decline in opioid addiction.
As governor, Philip will:
- Direct the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to work with the Federal Government and expand Medicaid and help almost 700,000 Floridians gain access to the care they badly need.
- Run Florida’s agencies effectively and ensure that the Florida Department of Health delivers the necessary medical marijuana licenses to help alleviate suffering and save lives by preventing opioid addiction.
- Work with the Attorney General to sue the big-pharmaceutical companies responsible for this epidemic, as these organizations knew that their pills were highly addictive and deadly. Taxpayers should not foot the bill for a problem the pharmaceutical companies created.
As Mayor of Miami Beach, Philip decriminalized marijuana because it was the right thing to do—ruining people’s lives is the wrong approach. With overcrowded prisons and an opioid epidemic ravaging our communities, he believes it’s time to take this one step further.
If elected Governor, Philip will carefully move to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older. Through responsible reform, Florida can generate $600 million annually in new revenue.