AHCA responds to pediatricians’ request on ACA implementation

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The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration on Thursday said it declined to meet with pediatricians about the federal-health overhaul because of a pending lawsuit about the care provided to children in Medicaid.

The Florida Pediatric Society has helped lead the long-running lawsuit, which, if successful, could cost the state $1 billion. Pediatric society officials Wednesday told the News Service of Florida that AHCA had rejected a request to meet about how the state will implement children’s health issues under the 2010 federal law, known as the “Affordable Care Act.”

AHCA spokeswoman Michelle Dahnke released this statement Thursday: “Secretary Liz Dudek, Medicaid Director Justin Senior and other Agency staff have met with staff from the governor’s office, the Legislature and numerous organizations regarding the future of Medicaid in Florida and to hear their perspective regarding the Affordable Care Act. The Agency is currently in litigation with Florida Pediatric Society and we continue to wait for specific guidance and information from the federal government on how ACA mandates will affect our current budget and programs.”

The class-action lawsuit, filed in 2005, concerns access to care for children on Medicaid.  A ruling from federal district Judge Adalberto Jordan in Miami could come at any time.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post.

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