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State asks feds to extend Medicaid managed-care waiver

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Florida has asked the federal government for a five-year extension of a waiver that allows it to provide Medicaid services through a managed care program. Gov. Rick Scott filed the state’s application on Friday, seeking to extend the program through June 30, 2022. The program would remain essentially the same. “The demonstration objectives and the financial eligibility criteria for waiver recipients remain unchanged since the Managed Medical Assistance Program extension request was approved June 31, 2014,” Scott wrote in a…

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Rick Scott’s attorneys file injunction in hopes of making feds continue $2.2 billion in LIP beyond summer

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One day after leaving Washington, D.C., without any promises that the federal government would extend Medicaid supplemental dollars to the state for another year, Gov. Rick Scott‘s attorneys filed an injunction in his lawsuit against the Obama administration. On the surface the injunction is asking the court to issue a preliminary injunction or to support a writ of mandamus requiring the federal government to revoke what Scott’s attorneys call an “unconstitutional ultimatum,” or requiring Florida to expand Medicaid to ensure…

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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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Top Medicaid official warns feds not to ‘coerce’ state into expansion

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One day after receiving a letter from the federal government advising that uncompensated care pools were not a wise use of federal tax payer dollars, Florida’s leading Medicaid official fired off a letter  to the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday accusing the federal government of coercing Florida into expanding the Medicaid program. “(T)he U.S. Supreme Court explicitly warned the federal government against attempting to coerce states into participating in Medicaid expansion — yet that appears to be…

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