Feds grant another Medicaid pilot extension

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Federal health officials Monday approved another temporary extension of Florida’s Medicaid managed-care pilot through Nov. 30, reports the News Service of Florida. Federal and state officials are trying to finalize details on continuing the controversial pilot through June 2014. The pilot was scheduled to expire June 30, but the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has granted a series of temporary extensions. The most-recent extension had been scheduled to expire Tuesday, but state acting Medicaid director Justin Senior wrote a letter last week asking for an additional 15 days. A key issue in the talks has been part of the pilot known as the Low Income Pool, which funnels $1 billion a year to hospitals and other providers that care for large numbers of low-income and uninsured patients. Federal officials agreed this month to continue the program through June 2014, which had been a sticking point. But Senior’s letter indicates that details of continuing the pilot through June 2014 need to be finalized. “This (temporary) extension will ensure continued service delivery to Medicaid recipients and operations,” the letter said.

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