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A managed-care plan owned by the North Broward and South Broward hospital districts is fighting a state decision to eliminate it from providing Medicaid services to some of Florida’s sickest children. 

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The state expects to turn over management of the care of medically fragile children to a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans beginning in January. 

A new audit is recommending that Florida’s health department move faster to cancel former employees’ access to state credit cards and to a statewide accounting system.

Florida is looking to make major changes to Children’s Medical Services, the state-run health care program for children with complex medical needs.

Appeals Court Backs Dismissal Of CMS Challenge

Dec 28, 2017
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A divided appeals court Wednesday sided with the Florida Department of Health in a dispute about the repeal of a regulation in the Children's Medical Services program.

State Faces Shortfall In Children's Medical Program

Dec 12, 2017
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A Medicaid program that pays health-care costs for some of the sickest children in the state has an estimated $25 million budget shortfall, a key lawmaker said Monday night.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor are asking the federal government to step in after thousands of kids were kicked off a state Medicaid program. The two Democrats sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price earlier this week.


There are more than 4 million children in Florida, and Dr. Jeffrey Brosco just became responsible for them.

In the spring and summer of 2015, the state switched more than 13,000 children out of Children's Medical Services, a part of Florida Medicaid, according to a report by CNN.

FL Department Of Health Official Takes Tour In Wake Of Senate Concerns

Apr 26, 2016
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After the Florida Department of Health lost its leader last month in a bruising confirmation battle, his interim replacement is traveling the state to talk with local health officials.

Surgeon General Faces Questions On Children's Health Program

Feb 15, 2016
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When Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong goes before a Senate committee Tuesday for a confirmation hearing, two members of the panel will be waiting with questions about thousands of sick kids who were dropped from the Children's Medical Services program last year.

Florida Surgeon General Responds To HIV Criticism, Staff Cuts

Feb 8, 2016
Florida Department of Health

State Surgeon General John Armstrong, who heads the Florida Department of Health, has faced scrutiny from lawmakers recently on a number of high-profile issues. The issues include the state's rising HIV rate, cuts to county health departments and 9,000 kids who lost places in the Children's Medical Services program --- which serves youngsters with "serious and chronic" conditions --- under a new eligibility screening process last year.

New Panel Eyes Changes To Children's Medical Services

Nov 2, 2015
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State Department of Health officials Friday hosted the first meeting of a panel aimed at easing Florida's transition to Medicaid managed care for children who need specialized medical services.

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Attorneys representing four children with serious heart conditions have challenged a move by the Florida Department of Health to repeal cardiac-care standards related to a program that provides specialized services to children.

State Softens Stance On Screening For Children's Medical Services

Oct 19, 2015
Florida Department of Health

Under orders from an administrative law judge, the Department of Health on Friday held a hearing on a controversial new method of determining eligibility for Children's Medical Services -- and offered a compromise that could allow the department to resume enrolling special-needs kids.

Senate Panel Wants Answers From DOH On Children's Health Programs

Oct 8, 2015

A Florida Senate panel on Wednesday demanded answers from a state Department of Health official about how many special-needs children have recently lost services as the state transitions to a new Medicaid system --- and why.

Judge Rules Against State In Dispute Over Children's Medical Program

Sep 23, 2015

An administrative law judge Tuesday ruled against the Florida Department of Health in a challenge involving the eligibility of children for a state program that provides specialized medical care.

Docs Call For More Oversight After Infant Deaths

Jul 7, 2015
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 After the deaths of five infants, a team of doctors from across the state was asked in 2014 to review a Palm Beach County hospital's highly specialized program for doing heart surgeries on children.

The team's recommendation: St. Mary's Medical Center should not perform heart surgeries on babies under 6 months old because the program did not handle enough cases to maintain the expertise needed for quality care.

Special-Needs Kids in Quandary

May 9, 2014
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Florida pediatricians say they are worried about what will happen to young special-needs patients as the state privatizes the Children's Medical Services program over the next three months.

The changes are part of a larger transition for Medicaid patients from a traditional system -- in which doctors and hospitals bill the state whenever a patient receives a service --to prepaid health plans. Thanks to a 2011 law revamping Medicaid, Children’s Medical Services must make the transition to managed care by Aug. 1.