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State healthcare agency to hold public medicaid managed care hearings statewide

By Lynn Hatter

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Tallahassee, FL – The Florida agency overseeing Medicaid is embarking on a week-long tour of the state. It's holding public meetings to get feedback on a plan to shift close to three million Medicaid recipients into managed care. Lynn Hatter has more.

The Agency for Healthcare Administration is holding public hearings before submitting waivers to the federal government in order to move forward with the Medicaid managed care plan. Deputy Medicaid Secretary Roberta Bradford says the meetings will give an overview of the program and gather feedback.

"We're looking to implement the program and improve the program and have a constructive dialogue. I think that includes things they might recommend, things that haven't worked in the past for them, but those are all things we'd like to have input on."

The first hearing is set for Friday at 1 pm at AHCA in Tallahassee followed by a series of meetings across the state next week. The agency has until August 1 to submit its waivers.