Lawsuit could be looming in Medicaid issue

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The Florida Association of Counties could decide Thursday whether to file a lawsuit challenging the Legislature’s decision to recoup tens of millions of dollars in disputed Medicaid costs from counties. At least one county — Manatee — is ready to go to court. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that the Manatee County Commission voted 6-0 Tuesday to pursue a lawsuit or to join other counties in a case. The Legislature last month approved recouping the money, with leaders contending that counties have not fully made required Medicaid payments. Counties, however, argue that the state’s billing system has major flaws. The state says Manatee County owes about $4 million in back payments, according to the Herald-Tribune story.

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