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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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