AHCA to provide update on Medicaid talks

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With another deadline looming this week, state Agency for Health Care Administration officials are expected Tuesday to provide new information about negotiations with the federal government aimed at continuing Florida’s Medicaid managed-care pilot program. The update likely will be part of a meeting of the Low Income Pool Council, which helps oversee part of the pilot that funnels $1 billion a year to hospitals and other providers that serve large numbers of low-income and uninsured people. AHCA on Monday added information about the pilot to the LIP Council’s agenda. The pilot, which requires most Medicaid beneficiaries in five counties to enroll in managed-care plans, originally was scheduled to expire June 30. But the state is seeking to continue the program through June 2014 and has received a series of temporary extensions as it tries to negotiate an agreement with federal officials. State Medicaid director Justin Senior said last week that he thinks it is possible the federal government could make a decision this week. The latest temporary extension is scheduled to end Thursday. LIP is the key remaining issue in negotiations, as the federal government wants to earmark part of the money to go toward bolstering primary-care programs.

Via The News Service of Florida.

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