Counties mulling lawsuit about Medicaid payments

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The Florida Association of Counties’ board could decide April 12 whether to file a lawsuit challenging a legislative move to collect tens of millions of dollars in Medicaid payments from counties. Cragin Mosteller, an association spokeswoman, said Tuesday that a task force of county attorneys is studying a possible legal challenge. Legislative leaders argue that counties owe back payments, but counties say the state’s billing system is badly flawed. Gov. Rick Scott last week signed a bill that would require counties to pay the money, though he also said the Agency for Health Care Administration would work with counties to make sure bills are accurate. The Ledger newspaper in Lakeland reported Tuesday that the Polk County Commission has already agreed to join a lawsuit if it is filed.

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