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Rick Scott goes to Washington to talk LIP (again) as hospitals prepare for austere year

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As the rhetoric around Medicaid funding grows louder Florida hospitals, caught in a Medicaid financing war between the state and federal government, are beginning to brace for what a pared-back, austere budget might mean. On Tuesday Scott met with members of the Florida Congressional Delegation to update them on Florida’s “battle” with the administration over Low Income Pool funding, according to a press release issued by Gov. Rick Scott‘s office. LIP are supplemental Medicaid dollars made possible by a Medicaid…

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House budget eliminates LIP but assumes local dollars will be sent up to fund health care

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When the Florida House unveiled its budget in March leaders said it contained no supplemental Medicaid dollars that are used to help finance Florida hospitals called the Low Income Pool. But the budget contains about $800 million in “hospital rate enhancements.” Although the enhancements are not technically part of the LIP program they are funded with local tax dollars that are sent to the state for the program. The assumption is local intergovernmental transfers will continue to be sent to the…

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