LIP Funding

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Florida is getting a big budget break in the form of $1.5 billion in supplemental healthcare payments from the federal government. And hospitals are breathing a sigh of relief.

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Florida is getting a big budget break in the form of one-and-a-half billion dollars in supplemental healthcare payments from the federal government. It amounts to a full restoration of the so-called Low-Income pool.

Governor Rick Scott speaks with reporters following a meeting with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell in Washington, D.C.
Tampa Bay Tines

Governor Rick Scott is dropping his lawsuit against the federal government over funding for hospitals that treat uninsured patients. Scott says it was through his lawsuit the federal government agreed to extend the Low Income Pool—even though the feds are phasing out the program.

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Representatives from the Florida House had tough questions for budget leaders Thursday about decisions made in the spending plan.

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital is a private hospital, but serves as the region's safety net system.
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Florida lawmakers have reached a deal on one of the most contentious issue facing the legislature this year—how to fill a billion-dollar hole.  The move comes a week after the House torpedoed the Senate’s Medicaid Expansion plan.

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Agency For Healthcare Administration

Governor Rick Scott’s hospital finance group and the state’s healthcare agency have released the names of hospitals that haven’t responded to the group’s requests for information. The move comes amid an increasingly bitter debate over the future of healthcare funding in Florida.

Florida is losing more than half of a critical hospital funding program but lawmakers say they’re grateful to at least have a number they can start building a budget around. Meanwhile the legislature continues to grapple with how to fill substantial budget hole.

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital is a private hospital, but serves as the region's safety net system.
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Governor Rick Scott is keeping up his criticism of the federal government as the state braces for all or a partial loss of a $2 billion healthcare program. As Scott has bashed the federal government over the low-income pool, he’s also taken aim at hospitals—and is moving ahead with a workgroup to study their finances.

Governor Rick Scott has selected nine people to serve on his hospital funding commission.  The formation of the groups as all or part of a major federal healthcare funding program expires next month.

Senate President Andy Gardiner during a press conference pushing the Senate's "FHIX" proposal--a privatized version of Medicaid expansion.
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The legislative graveyard is littered with dead bills, but some issues are too stubborn to go down without a fight. One of them is Medicaid Expansion. It’s is down, but some lawmakers and healthcare advocates are hoping to get it to move from the zombie column, into the land of the living.  A lawsuit, coupled with the fate of Florida’s budget—may depend on it.

Governor Rick Scott speaks with reporters following a meeting with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell in Washington, D.C.
Tampa Bay Tines

Florida Governor Rick says he didn’t get an answer on whether the federal government would renew a $2 billion program reimbursing hospitals for uncompensated care. The fate of the Low-Income pool is at the center of a budget impasse in the state.

Healthcarelist.com

As Governor Rick Scott sues the federal government for attempting to coerce Florida into expanding Medicaid, the Agency for Health Care Administration, or AHCA, is trying to find solutions for low-income Floridians with medical needs.

In happier times: House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (l) and Sen. President Andy Gardiner (r).
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The icy relationship between the House and Senate over healthcare funding may be thawing. The House and Senate have started negotiations on an alternative way to fund hospitals if a federal program expires as scheduled.

Shands Jacksonville says losing LIP funds could shut it down.
University of Florida

Governor Rick Scott says if the legislature can’t get an answer on healthcare funding, he’ll call a special session to put a continuation budget in place. That would carry the state through the upcoming fiscal year, which begins the first of July. But in the meantime, some hospitals could be forced to shut down as the legislative standoff on healthcare funding continues.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli talks to reporters after the House Republican caucus' closed-door meeting.
The Florida Channel

Florida House leaders are being criticized for a closed-door meeting of Republican lawmakers to talk about healthcare issues.

Florida’s Healthcare Agency has formally submitted a plan to extend a $2 billion program that reimburses hospitals treating low-income patients. The state has submitted the Senate’s plan reforming the low-income pool to the federal government.

Gov. Rick Scott is suing the federal government over Low-Income Pool funding.
Governor Rick Scott

Governor Rick Scott says he’s suing the federal government over a move that links a critical hospital funding program to a Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The Governor says that amounts to coercion.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell
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Governor Rick Scott says he’s disappointed the federal government won’t extend a billion-dollar program to reimburse hospitals that treat low-income Floridians. But the move by the feds to stop the program is not unexpected.

Florida’s state healthcare agency plans to ask the federal government for$3 billion this year to cover the cost of treating low-income and uninsured patients. The request is aimed at boosting the so-called LIP pool for hospitals and other health care providers.

Florida received its initial low-income pool, or LIP, funding from the federal government eight years ago, as part of a Medicaid managed care pilot project. Now that pilot is a permanent program, and is also statewide. It's also time to renew the waiver.