Representative Matt Hudson

Florida House of Representatives / Florida Senate

The Affordable Care Act in Florida hasn’t had an easy time. State lawmakers rejected an expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income people that could have covered another three million Floridians. The state also refused to set up its own online insurance exchange for people to shop and compare plans.

Now the state is denying access to navigators: people who are supposed to go out into communities and help the uninsured sign up for insurance on federal exchanges.

Drug-Repackaging Bill Passes Senate

Apr 29, 2013

A measure dealing with workers comp and repackaging prescription drugs is one step closer to becoming law. The reform bill has been almost four years in the making.

The Florida Legislature is in Tallahassee this week, and one major topic of discussion is the federal healthcare overhaul law. Between having to decide whether to expand its Medicaid rolls or looking at how the Affordable Care Act will impact businesses, lawmakers are trying to come up with a plan to implement the new law.

“This Affordable Care Act, the way I understand it, is that it will probably help find some affordable options for us,” said Arie Strobel.

It’s About Florida: Medicaid

Mar 29, 2012

Part of Florida’s challenge to the federal health care overhaul law centers on the expansion of the  Medicaid program. Medicaid is one of the fastest growing budget drivers for the state. Now lawmakers are trying to get control of those costs by transitioning Medicaid Recipients into Medicaid Managed Care


Host: Trimmel Gomes

Guests: Representative Matt Hudson (R-Naples) and Florida Legal Services Advocate Anne Swerlick.