In his latest column at Our Health Policy Matters, consultant Paul Gionfriddo pokes fun at the hypocrisy of Florida and other officials who are fanning fears of "navigators" -- enrollment advisors for the federal online Marketplace opening Oct. 1 under the Affordable Care Act.
Continuing the split in the GOP, some in Congress want to take an action that would quadruple the cost of health insurance for themselves, their colleagues and all the employees who work in the Capitol. And some Floridians are in the thick of it.
On June 22, consumer-health groups across the nation will launch what they hope will be a massive education and enrollment campaign to find uninsured people and get them ready to sign up for health coverage.
The health-care system was already complex enough, and it's getting more confusing as the main portions of the Affordable Care Act are about to go into effect Jan. 1. This is the time when con men can take advantage of the confusion, particularly targeting senior citizens.
Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell says Rick Scott would be smart to summon lawmakers back to Tallahassee for a special session on Medicaid expansion. There are moral, logical and financial arguments for doing it, he says, but most important to a public official facing re-election, there is a political argument for it, as well.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he will vote to keep the federal government in operation for the rest of this fiscal year only if the bill contains language to remove funding from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
State budget forecasters say the 10-year cost to Florida of implementing the Affordable Care Act will be $5.2 billion if the state expands Medicaid to about 1 million of the uninsured, and $1.7 billion if it does not, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The tragedy of the horrific shooting in Newtown Connecticut gradually faded from the daily news. Sadly, this shooting will be followed by another one and we will continue to seek answers to why it happened and what we could have done to prevent another massacre.
In my opinion we have to recognize that the National Rifle Association (NRA) tentacles of influence have penetrated all aspects of our lives.
The state’s chief economist has warned the staff of Gov. Rick Scott that his Medicaid cost estimates are wrong, but Scott keeps using them anyway, according to e-mails obtained by Health News Florida (Update: Scott to Look at Other Estimates).
Scott says he opposes expanding Florida Medicaid because it would cost too much: $63 billion over 10 years, he says, with the state paying $26 billion of that.
Florida is one of five states that pay primary-care doctors so little for treating Medicaid patients that those doctors will get a raise of more than 100 percent when a federal subsidy kicks in on Jan. 1, according to a new study.
The raise, which brings Medicaid pay up to the level of Medicare for two years, is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The idea is to lure more doctors into primary care and make it worth their while to care for those insured by Medicaid, the joint state and federal program for the very poor.