After nearly a decade of legal battling, a federal judge this week found widespread problems in the way Florida's Medicaid program has provided health care to children.

Judge Adalberto Jordan, in a 153-page decision, said Florida's history of low reimbursement payments to doctors led to a lack of access to care for many children in Medicaid. He also pointed to problems with issues such as children being improperly terminated from the program, inadequate efforts to sign up children for coverage and a lack of available dental care.

Capital Report: 12-12-2014

Dec 15, 2014

Recent shootings around the country have left many reexamining police departments and policies. But Regan McCarthy reports its also led to a renewed focus on personal protection with increased gun sales and a legislative proposal to allow guns on college campuses.

Capital Report: 09-12-2014

Sep 12, 2014

Florida recently finished rolling out a new way of providing care to more than 3.5 million low-income Floridians. Nearly all of them, adults as well as children—are now enrolled in managed care plans. The state agency that runs Medicaid—the system that pays for it all, recently released a series of comments from various players in the industry praising the rollout. But as Lynn Hatter reports, some groups say the new system is plagued with problems, new and old.

The 1999 Olmstead v. L.C. decision says unnecessarily segregating people in mental hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions amounts to discrimination. Advocates for the mentally ill, older people and the disabled cite the ruling in arguing for home and community-based care.

Nearly a million Floridians have gained insurance though federal exchanges as part of the Affordable Care Act. Many of those people are seeing big savings on their insurance costs, courtesy of subsidies they’ve received from the federal government, but hundreds of thousands more have been left with nothing.

Stories From Those In The Medicaid Gap

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The Florida House and Senate are set to begin hammering out a state spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year after both chambers approved their respective budget proposals this week. Now comes the hard part: reaching a consensus.

Legislative leaders say this year’s budget process has been much smoother than in years past. After all, when there’s a budget surplus, more people get the things they want.

Capital Report: 02-28-2014

Mar 3, 2014

Over the next few weeks, Florida lawmakers are slated to take up a series of gun-related measures, from fixes to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law TO enhancing penalties for insurers who discriminate against gun-owners. We have two reports on how these deliberations may play out.  First, Sascha Cordner reports while some bills appear to be moving quickly through the Legislature, others appear to be stalled in the legislative process.

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The federal Health Resources and Services Administration says at least 55 million people around the country live in areas that lack an adequate supply of primary care doctors. Now, some Florida lawmakers are looking to remedy that by expanding what Nurse Practitioners are allowed to do.

Capital Report: 07-26-13

Jul 26, 2013

The highest number of Florida elementary and middle schools in at least a decade received "F" grades in the first draft of state report cards issued Friday, despite efforts by state officials to restrict how far grades could fall. In all, 107 elementary and middle schools -- slightly more than 4 percent -- received failing grades on the preliminary report cards. (The numbers also include "combination schools" and high schools that don't have graduating classes.) In 2012, 40 schools got F grades, amounting to just more than 1.5 percent.

The federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has given full approval for Florida to essentially privatize its Medicaid program.  Under the agreement, healthcare companies will have to spend a set amount of money directly on patient care.