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Washington has not signed off on Rick Scott’s new LIP proposal, feds say

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The federal government received Gov. Rick Scott‘s proposal to revamp the Low Income Pool and “continues to be engaged with Florida,” but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “has not communicated approval,” a spokesperson for HHS said Friday. Ben Wakana said CMS is reviewing the proposal as well as the public comments and is “working to understand the implications of the letter as well as the viability and sustainability of the proposed funding mechanism.” Florida was advised last week…

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Teaching hospitals losers, for-profits winners, under Rick Scott’s alternative LIP proposal

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The state’s largest teaching hospitals would see a $200 million reduction in Medicaid payments under a proposal Gov. Rick Scott has floated to the federal government in hopes of keeping Florida’s supplemental Medicaid funds at a full $2 billion. Conversely, the for-profit facilities would gain the most under the proposal being advanced by Scott, the former chief executive officer of the nation’s largest hospital chain. According to spreadsheets distributed by the governor’s office, Scott’s reworked spending formula would mean deep reductions…

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