Medicaid

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The Florida legislature is working to answer a big question—how to absorb a $400 million hit to its healthcare budget. Lawmakers rolled out a plan Thursday to account for a shrinking pool of federal healthcare dollars.

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Florida lawmakers are bracing for budget holes despite figures showing the state could end up with another year of surplus.  The cost driver: healthcare.

Healthcare concerns, more specifically cost problems—are starting to take over conversations at the capital.

Experts are warning the ranks of the uninsured in Florida could skyrocket if the Legislature and the U.S. Supreme Court create the perfect storm.

After a flurry of court hearings taking aim at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the agency must now rewrite some of their rules on how disability funding is allocated. A workshop held today on the iBudget is just one small step in a much longer narrative.

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Florida’s League of Women Voters swarmed the Capitol on Wednesday to back the senate’s new healthcare expansion plan. Tuesday, the senate’s Health Policy Committee unanimously passed a bill that extends health insurance to more than 800,000 low income Floridians.

Capital Report: 03-04-2015

Mar 4, 2015

With a potential billion-dollar budget hole looming, the Florida Senate is starting to consider whether and how to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid. Lynn Hatter reports there are at least two proposed bills floating around the chamber, and lawmakers are also raising the possibility of resurrecting the original plan, dubbed “Negron-Care”.

Capital Report: 03-03-2015

Mar 3, 2015

Tom Flanigan gives an overview of Governor Rick Scott’s Fifth State of the State address and the two responses from the Legislature’s Democratic leaders.

The Florida Senate is preparing to start debate over expanding Medicaid in Florida. Lynn Hatter reports the issue has been a major contention point between the House and Senate for the past three years.

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  No matter which side of the political fence you’re on, health coverage is a big deal. Millions of Floridians aren’t able to afford even the most basic procedures, medications and treatments they need to stay healthy. The prospects for bringing coverage aren’t anything to sneeze at, either.

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.

Doctors, Dentists React To Medicaid Ruling

Jan 5, 2015

Florida healthcare providers and advocates recently won a lengthy court battle against the state Medicaid’s program. 

Florida doctors and dentists argued Medicaid was shortchanging them on reimbursement rates. U.S. appellate Judge Adalberto Jordan agreed.

Florida Dental Association President Richard Stevenson says low reimbursement was a major factor for dentists in the state refusing to accept Medicaid patients.  Stevenson says he is looking forward to legislators providing enough funds to better care for the state’s underserved and vulnerable populations.

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