Study: Medicaid block grants would cost Florida

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Gov. Rick Scott and Senate President Mike Haridopolos have repeatedly called for Congress to give block grants to states and allow them to run the Medicaid program. They also want to do away with last year? federal health overhaul. But a new study indicates that combination would cost Florida big bucks, reports the News Service of Florida. The study, conducted by the Urban Institute for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, looked at the effects of a deficit reduction plan proposed by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin. The plan includes repealing the federal health law and giving Medicaid block grants to states. From 2012 to 2021, Florida would see a nearly 44 percent reduction in federal Medicaid funding compared to what would happen under current law, according to the study released Tuesday. That would be the second-highest percentage in the country, trailing only Wyoming. The study indicates Florida would be hard hit because it has a relatively high rate of uninsured people and low Medicaid eligibility levels. Here is a link to the report and related information:

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