Budget deal would limit doctor visits under Medicaid

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Florida Medicaid beneficiaries will face a new limit on the number of times they can visit general physicians each month, reports the News Service of Florida. A budget deal reached Sunday night includes nearly $3.3 million in savings from such a limit. While documents released Sunday night do not offer details, an earlier House proposal indicated the state could save that amount by limiting non-pregnant adult Medicaid beneficiaries to two physician visits a month. Earlier, negotiators agreed to also limit emergency-room visits for non-pregnant adults to six a year, a move that is estimated to save $46.7 million. The patient advocacy group Florida CHAIN has criticized such proposals, saying they could prevent beneficiaries from seeking needed care. “The consequences of these unjustified changes could be severe and even life threatening,” the group said in an e-mail Friday.

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