Gov. Scott signs bill forcing counties to pay millions in disputed Medicaid payments

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Gov. Rick Scott  to has until the end of the day todaydecide whether to sign signed a bill (HB 5301) that would force counties to send tens of millions of dollars in disputed Medicaid payments to the state.

Senate leaders contend counties have not fully paid required Medicaid amounts, but counties argue the billing system is riddled with problems. Counties want Scott to veto the bill. But the decision is complicated by other issues included in the legislation. For example, it includes a cost-saving move to limit the number of times Medicaid beneficiaries can visit emergency rooms each year.

Also, it would allow children of low- and moderate-income state workers to enroll in the KidCare health-insurance program.

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