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Tom Lee says early LIP talk good for state

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After six months of political jockeying, litigation, and one-upsmanship Florida and the federal government have agreed in principle to $1.6 billion in supplemental Medicaid funds over the next two years. Most of those funds, $1 billion, have been allocated in the budget Gov. Rick Scott signed into law on Tuesday. A little more than $600 million, though, still needs to be negotiated between Florida and the federal government. Which means, just because the special session is over, discussions over who gets…

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Rick Scott: ‘It took a lawsuit’ to get LIP agreement

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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday claimed victory after the federal government notified the state of an “agreement in principle” that lays the framework for how Florida can spend $1.6 billion in supplemental Medicaid spending over the next four years. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Director Vikki Wachino‘s coveted agreement letter for the Low Income Pool came just hours after Scott signed the 2015-16 budget into law, putting to rest the debate over appropriate healthcare funding and how much federal money…

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Budget signed, LIP deal formalized (sort of), health care done for now

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Just hours after Gov. Rick Scott quietly signed a state spending plan into effect, the federal government gave Florida a long-awaited “agreement in principle” letter that all but formalizes an agreement between Florida and the federal government on hospital funding for the next year. The coveted agreement, which the state had hoped to secure in April so the Legislature could draft a budget before the end of the 2015 regular legislative session, lays out a two-year agreement that expires in June…

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Medicaid expansion would trim $790 million in uncompensated care in Florida, White House report says

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As the House prepares to debate — and most likely vote down — the Senate’s plan to expand access to health care, the White House Council of Economic Advisors released an analysis that shows expansion would reduce the state’s uncompensated care costs by $790 million in 2016. The report also shows that expanding coverage would result in an estimated 100,000 additional Floridians reporting being in good health and 69,000 fewer residents would suffer depression. The findings in the report — dubbed Missed Opportunities: The Consequences…

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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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Congressional Democrats send letter to Rick Scott calling on him to drop lawsuit

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The letter writing surrounding Medicaid and Low Income Pool continues as ten Congressional Democrats sent a note to Gov. Rick Scott on Friday calling on him to drop his yet-to-be-filed lawsuit against the Obama Administration for coercing the state to expand Medicaid in order to continue to receive supplemental Medicaid funding for hospitals. “We are concerned that you intend to take Florida down a wasteful and counterproductive path with a frivolous and baseless lawsuit against the Centers for Medicare and…

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Pam Bondi says she’ll join Rick Scott in Medicaid lawsuit

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Attorney General Pam Bondi said she will help Gov. Rick Scott sue the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services for withholding supplemental Medicaid funding for Florida’s hospitals. In a release Bondi said her office “led the lawsuit that stopped the federal government from forcing states to expand Medicaid and we will not sit by while the Obama administration holds hostage LIP funding in an effort to force the expansion here in Florida.” Scott’s office on Thursday issued a statement…

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