Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli says his chamber is not interested in using federal dollars to add up to a million low-income people on the state’s Medicaid rolls. But some organizations aren’t taking “no” for an answer.
House Speaker Steve Crisafulli calls Medicaid a broken system, and says he’d rather pursue other aspects of healthcare—like expanding access through services like telemedicine, or letting nurses and other healthcare practitioners do more. What he’s not interested in: a Medicaid Expansion.
The Senate says it would consider expanding Florida's Medicaid program to nearly a million more low-income Floridians. The House is continuing to say no.
The federal government’s deal with Indiana to expand that state’s Medicaid program could boost the prospect of expansion in Florida. Indiana’s Medicaid expansion program includes co-pays and premiums for low-income people—something popular among republicans. Senate President Andy Gardiner says Indiana has caught his chamber’s attention.
The pro-business Florida Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its health priorities for the upcoming legislative session.
The list includes big battles of years past—like letting some nurses and physician assistants expand their scope-of-practice, revamping the rules regarding medical lawsuits and possibly expanding the state’s Medicaid program for low-income Floridians. But that last part comes with a caveat--like capping how much Medicaid can take up in overall state spending.
Advocates of a Medicaid expansion are counting on several issues converging at once to help push the reluctant and Republican-dominated House—to accept the dollars.
The first is the looming expiration of $2 billion provided to hospitals to help cover uninsured patients called the Low-Income Pool. The second: the businesses face tax penalties if certain workers are uninsured.