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Florida hospitals recently learned that an agreement between the state and federal governments will provide them with up to $1.5 billion to cover care for people who can’t pay.

But local governments will have to put up $559 million in matching funds before hospitals can access all of that money.

Managed Care Extension, LIP Money Approved

Aug 3, 2017
Kaiser Health News

Dealing with two major issues in Florida's health-care system, federal officials Thursday approved a five-year extension of a statewide Medicaid managed care program and finalized a $1.5 billion pot of funding to help with charity care.

Ride-for-hire services like Lyft and Uber will have to comply with statewide rules, and religious expression at public schools will be explicitly protected in Florida, under new laws that go into effect Sat., July 1.

The changes are among 125 revisions the state Legislature passed and Gov. Rick Scott approved this year.

Scott Signs Health Care, Renewable Energy Bills

Jun 19, 2017
Florida Governor's Office

Gov. Rick Scott late Friday signed 13 bills, including a 59-page health care bill that is linked to the new state budget.

Tampa General Hospital

A dispute over cuts to hospitals is one of the reasons Florida lawmakers had to postpone their final votes on the new state budget to this week. It was finally approved and sent to Governor Rick Scott, where its future is uncertain. Health News Florida's Stephanie Colombini talks about those hospital cuts and other key health issues this session with Kathleen McGrory, health reporter for the Tampa Bay Times.


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The state budget includes deep cuts to hospitals that serve the poor and lawmakers are betting on federal money to help offset the losses.

The infusion of 1.5 billion dollars in the state budget to help cover health care for low income Floridians could go a long way toward bridging the divide between the House and Senate spending plans. 

Florida is getting a big budget break in the form of $1.5 billion in supplemental healthcare payments from the federal government. And hospitals are breathing a sigh of relief.

Details Still Being Worked Out On ‘LIP’ Program

Apr 14, 2017
WMFE / WMFE

Saying only the "number is final," Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Justin Senior said Thursday that details still need to be finalized about how Florida can use $1.5 billion in funding through the Low Income Pool program.

Health Care Money Gives Boost To State Budget

Apr 13, 2017
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As they worked to craft the state's next budget, Florida lawmakers got some unexpected help Wednesday: hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for hospitals that could free up state money to be spent elsewhere.

The fate of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law is uncertain after the election of Republican Donald Trump, who campaigned on a complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

But not everyone is sweating the uncertainty.


Daylina Miller/Health News Florida

Consumer advocacy group Florida CHAIN released a new report Wednesday that once again calls for the expansion of Medicaid in the state.

The push comes despite the fact that Florida House lawmakers have shut down expansion of the health care for the poor each year since 2010.

Tampa General Hospital

The Florida Senate is proposing $75 million for children's programs at hospitals that serve the poor.

The Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida supports the proposal, which would bring in just over $21 million for facilities in the Tampa Bay area.

Last year, lawmakers in Tallahassee fought over how to fund health care for uninsured Floridians. Now two new reports say county leaders are the ones who really need to be concerned.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is asking the Legislature to pass a $79.3 billion state budget next year.

At a news conference in Jacksonville Monday morning, Scott went over some of the highlights of his Florida First Budget.

One of those highlights is a substantial revision to how the state doles out money for indigent health care.

Hospital Group Says More 'LIP' Money Possible

Nov 4, 2015

With Florida facing a funding cut next year in a major health-care program, the president of a hospital-industry group said Tuesday he thinks it remains possible to get federal approval for more money.

LIP Funding Not Going Up

Oct 19, 2015

The federal government isn’t changing its budget for Florida’s charity health care. 

Gardiner Says Health Funding 'Remains To Be Seen'

Oct 14, 2015
MyFloridaHouse.gov

With Florida facing another cut next year in a key hospital-funding program, Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, said Wednesday it "remains to be seen" whether lawmakers will use state tax dollars to help deal with the reduction.

State, Feds Try To Nail Down Details On 'LIP' Money

Oct 8, 2015
Agency for Health Care Administration

The state's Medicaid director said Wednesday he hopes in the coming weeks to finalize an agreement with the federal government about details for the Low Income Pool, a major hospital-funding program that spurred contentious debate earlier this year.

A Northeast Florida lawmaker is predicting Medicaid expansion won't be a factor during the next legislative session.

Senate Health Policy Chairman Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach) said his focus will be on bringing down health care costs, rather than expanding coverage in 2016.

That’s because the federal government agreed to extend funding for uninsured patients through next year.


Special Session Over, Spotlight On Hospitals Continues

Jul 2, 2015
Lottie Watts / WUSF

A panel formed by Gov. Rick Scott to examine the finances of hospitals and other parts of the health-care industry held its first meeting Wednesday since the end of two legislative sessions dominated by those issues, as Scott signaled he would continue pushing for changes.

The governor's Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding met in Jacksonville to hear from local hospitals --- and particularly UF Health Jacksonville --- and to consider data on executive compensation and the quality of care around the state.

Scott Scraps 'LIP' Injunction Bid

Jun 17, 2015
Florida Governor's Office

Pointing to a budget agreement reached by lawmakers, Gov. Rick Scott's attorneys late Tuesday withdrew a request for a preliminary injunction in a legal battle with the Obama administration about health-care funding, according to a notice filed in federal court in Pensacola.

The notice, however, said Scott is not withdrawing the overall lawsuit, which contends that the federal government has tried to unconstitutionally link expanding Florida's Medicaid program with the continuation of the Low Income Pool, or LIP, program.

Lawmakers Agree on LIP Funding

Jun 13, 2015
MyFloridaHouse.gov

Florida legislators racing against the clock on a new state budget struck a deal Friday on a $2 billion plan to steer money to more than 200 hospitals that treat large numbers of low-income patients.

House and Senate budget negotiators will sink $400 million in state tax dollars to replace some of the lost federal funds from the Low Income Pool fund that is expected to end this summer.

‘Bumped’ Budget Issues Include LIP

Jun 10, 2015

Dozens of budget issues --- including the one that threw lawmakers into a special session to finish work on the state budget --- moved up the legislative ladder Tuesday, starting the next round of talks aimed at resolving differences between the House and Senate spending plans.

Florida Office of the Governor

A federal court judge gave the Obama administration until noon today to say whether it will accept Gov. Rick Scott's request for mediation in a dispute over billions of dollars in federal health care funds.

The Republican governor is suing the federal government for withholding hospital funds because Florida is not expanding Medicaid.

House, Senate Agree On LIP Total

Jun 8, 2015
Sammy Mack / Health News Florida

After months of federal negotiations and proposals floated by Gov. Rick Scott, the House and the Senate, lawmakers on Saturday reached tentative agreements on how much money should flow to hospitals and other medical providers that care for large numbers of low-income patients.

FL Groups To Back Feds In LIP Lawsuit

Jun 3, 2015

A federal judge this week agreed to allow the League of Women Voters of Florida, Florida Legal Services and Florida CHAIN to file a brief supporting the Obama administration in a lawsuit filed by Gov. Rick Scott about major health care issues.

Chief U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers issued an order Tuesday granting the groups' joint request to file the brief. Scott's lawsuit has sought to prevent federal officials from linking an extension of the Low Income Pool, or LIP, health-funding program to a potential expansion of Medicaid.

Feds Wary Of State's LIP Plan

Jun 1, 2015

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is wary of approving a state proposal for helping fund hospitals without knowing more about Florida's plan for the future, an official said Friday.

The statement came as the two sides try to work out an agreement on how to fund hospitals under a program known as the Low Income Pool, or LIP. Funding for the program will decline to $1 billion in the 2015-16 budget year, which begins July 1.

Daylina Miller/Health News Florida

Hospital administrators and Democratic lawmakers are still trying to persuade Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida House on an alternative to Medicaid expansion.

A coalition called "A Healthy Florida Works" is urging the lawmakers to accept a revamped proposal from the Florida Senate. They met today at the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.

WMFE

A budget standoff in Florida over federal funding for low-income patients could be ending. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sent a letter to the Agency for Health Care Administration today.

Federal officials had previously said Florida would not continue to get money for the “Low Income Pool” program unless the state agreed to expand Medicaid, an optional portion of the Affordable Care Act. Now, a letter from a top official says Florida likely will get federal funds for the “LIP” program.

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