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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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