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Medicaid managed-care plans getting rate increases

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Health plans that have been participating in the mandatory Medicaid managed-care program unfurled in Florida a little more than one year ago will be getting some pay increases in the coming months. A draft copy of the new rates shows that for the non-elderly population, plans wil, on average, have a 6.4 percent increase in rates over current rates, according to draft documents the Agency for Health Care Administration shared with the plans earlier this month. The average rate increase is…

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Finally… chambers set for Saturday conference on budget starting at 9 am

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The Florida Senate was in for less than five minutes on Friday before adjourning. Senate President Andy Gardiner announced that the House and Senate had agreed to budget allocations and that the two chambers would beging hammering out the differences in the proposed spending plans for the 2015-16 fiscal year beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Those were the only details that Gardiner, or his usually chatty budget chair state Sen. Tom Lee, divulged early Friday. In other words, they didn’t…

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Senate ready to roll on budget over the weekend

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With the drama over health care playing out according to the expected script, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature is finally ready to pivot to passing a new state budget. The Senate on Wednesday passed its healthcare coverage bill and sent it over to the House where it is anticipated that chamber will vote down the legislation. Despite the bitter debate over the healthcare bill, the two chambers must begin work on the must-pass bill of the year: the General Appropriations Act.…

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House-Senate healthcare fight nastily playing out on the Twitters

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The intense intra-cameral friction that defined the 2015 legislative session seems not to have dissipated after a few weeks off but rather compounded, culminating in the most antagonistic legislative hearing of the year at Tuesday’s meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee. There, budget chief Tom Lee led a chorus of indignant senators who excoriated AHCA deputy director Justin Senior for allegedly evading Senate staff and showing favor to the House’s position on the revamped FHIX 2.0 healthcare expansion plan later approved by the committee. Charges of malfeasance,…

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Justin Senior on the hot seat for AHCA’s negative analysis of Senate FHIX plan

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The Senate’s plan to expand access to healthcare access may not pass during the 2015A special session but the Florida Senate isn’t going down without a fight. The Senate Appropriations Committee members on Tuesday grilled Deputy Secretary for Medicaid Justin Senior for more than one hour, making it abundantly clear that the Senate did not appreciate what it considered to be political interference from the Agency for Health Care Administration and its Secretary Liz Dudek, whose boss is Gov. Rick…

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Deputy Secretary Medicaid Director Justin Senior pushing for quick LIP resolution

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Deputy Secretary for Medicaid Justin Senior had a busy day on Monday. Not only was Senior making a presentation at the House Health and Human Services Committee on Monday, he spent time on the phone with officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services discussing Florida’s new Low Income Pool proposal and Florida’s proposed plan to put the money into rates. The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday said it had not signed off on the idea Senior…

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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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