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Florida is one of 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation).

Experts discuss Medicaid expansion

The COVID-19 pandemic and recent federal incentives have reignited the debate in Florida on whether or not to expand Medicaid.  The expansion was made available through The Affordable Care Act. Florida is one of 12 states that have not adopted the expansion.  WMFE health reporter Abe Aboraya, Robin Rudowitz with the Kaiser Family Foundation, Miriam Harmatz with the Florida Health Justice Project and Anne Swerlick with the Florida Policy Institute join Intersection to discuss the potential impact of expanding Medicaid in Florida. 

The Reilly Arts Center in Ocala. Photo: Joe Byrnes

SBA grant offers entertainment venues a lifeline

Live entertainment venues, theaters and museums have a financial lifeline with the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, a program through the U.S. Small Business Administration.  WMFE’s Joe Byrnes joins Intersection to discuss how the program will be able to help keep venues afloat locally. 

Drag queen April Fresh Photo: courtesy Loc Robertson

Drag queen April Fresh discusses online shows, closing of Parliament House

When the pandemic hit, a lot of performers scrambled to take their shows online. Drag queens were no exception. April Fresh, the drag persona of Loc Robertson, joins Intersection to discuss her year of online shows, returning to in-person performances and what the loss of Parliament House–the iconic venue that was recently demolished–means for the community.

Volunteers distribute food to cars at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Photo: Cami Miller

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church gives food–and hope–to Orlando’s performing arts community

When the theme parks closed last year, it affected the livelihoods of tens of thousands of theatre artists, according to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Steve MacKinnon, the artistic director at St. Luke’s, and performer Cami Miller join Intersection to discuss “Supporting HEARTS,” the church’s initiative to provide meals–and hope–to the Central Florida arts community.