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Another healthcare budget headache for Florida?

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Amid an ongoing dust-up over Florida’s healthcare spending, there are troubling signs that one of the reforms touted by Gov. Rick Scott may not be saving taxpayers money as initially promised. Scott signed into law in 2011 a measure that shifted Florida’s 3 million plus Medicaid patients into managed care. Scott praised the move and lobbied the federal government to grant approval for the shift. But now with the overhaul complete, HMOs have been pressing the Florida Legislature for rate…

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Amid budget tug o’ war Rick Scott pushes new hospital funding proposal with no general revenue

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Days after being advised that it could tentatively expect $1 billion in supplemental Medicaid funds, the administration of Gov. Rick Scott pushed for more than double that. Deputy Secretary for Medicaid Justin Senior sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Director Victoria Wachino to use $1 billion in local funds to match federal dollars to drive up hospital rates by $2.27 billion, all funded with so-called Low Income Pool funds. Senior said the fund would be put into increasing Medicaid…

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Feds advise Florida that LIP could be $1 billion this year, $600 million next year

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The budget impasse paralyzing the state could come to an end soon as the federal government advised Florida today in a letter that it could receive an additional $1 billion in supplemental Medicaid funds to help pay hospitals for providing care to the uninsured and poor. The state can expect $600 million in supplemental dollars — officially known as Low Income Pool– for 2016-17, according to the letter that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent to Deputy Medicaid Director…

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First public meeting in Orlando on Medicaid waiver draws small crowd

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Supplemental Medicaid funding and whether Florida should expand healthcare access to 800,000 uninsured working Floridians was the issue that brought the 2015 session to a grinding halt. In Orlando, though, the issue of Low Income Pool funding and Medicaid expansion didn’t draw crowds as the Agency for Health Care Administration held the first of three public meetings on a proposed amendment to the 1115 waiver that allows the LIP program to operate. Though scheduled to last for two hours, just…

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Rick Scott sues feds over Obamacare, Low Income Pool dollars

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Gov. Rick Scott filed a lawsuit in federal court in Pensacola on Tuesday seeking declaratory relief that the Obama Administration violated the U.S. Constitution by withholding supplemental Medicaid funding from the state in the form of Low Income Pool dollars. The lawsuit was filed shortly after the House of Representatives announced on Tuesday it was adjourning for the regular legislative session due to an impasse on Medicaid expansion and the Low Income Pool program. The Florida Senate has proposed in…

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Senate Prez Andy Gardiner sends letters to state and feds on Medicaid expansion

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Senate President Andy Gardiner on Monday sent letters to federal and state officials regarding Florida’s effort to win approval of a revamped hospital funding formula. The uncertainty over the loss of more than $1 billion in federal aid has resulted in a budget standoff between the House and Senate. The Agency for Health Care Administration earlier this month asked federal officials to approve the state’s application for a new round of federal aid for the Low Income Pool. Part of…

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Feds have until July 4 week to give Florida an answer on Medicaid amendment

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Florida’s budget showdown over hospital funding may not get resolved until mid-summer, thanks to a little-noticed series of deadlines that accompany the state’s official request to draw down billions in healthcare funding. The decision by the Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Liz Dudek on Monday to propose an amendment to the the existing Medicaid waiver and to solicit written input on the proposed amendment triggered time requirements that mean that legislators may not know the fate of the Low Income…

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