managed care

Rita Stevens

Tallahassee businesswoman Rita Stevens runs a bustling childcare center. In addition to caring for other people’s children, Stevens is the primary caregiver for her adult daughter who has a mental disability. Her daughter is able to live in her own apartment with assistance but Stevens says there’s still a lot to do.

“I feel like I have to babysit the caregivers and stay on top of them to make sure her room is getting cleaned. They have these supportive living plans and making sure they’re following those," she said.

Agency For Health Care Administration

This week the federal government signed off on the first part of a plan steering three million low-income Floridians on Medicaid into a managed care or HMO system. The decision comes two years after state lawmakers approved the conversion in an attempt to control costs in the $22 billion program. When the measure was first approved, many people were skeptical about how it would work.

Tallahassee, FL – The entire Medicaid issue is still a "moving target" in Florida. Tom Flanigan reports the state's plan to move Medicaid patients into managed care could have a big impact, not only on the patients, but also the very industries that will have to work together closely under the proposal.