The House Health & Human Services Committee on Thursday approved HB 27, which would take away $200 million in children’s dental services from the Medicaid HMOs and other plans that have already contracted with the state to provide complete medical and dental care for patients of all ages.
The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Jose Diaz, R-Miami, passed 11 to 6.
Three companies stand out as major winners in Florida’s competition for contracts in the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Program for Long-Term Care, a market worth an estimated $3 billion.
They are American Eldercare, Sunshine State Health Plan and UnitedHealthcare of Florida.
American Eldercare -- a little-known Delray Beach firm that specializes in caring for seniors in independent living, assisted living and rehab centers, as well as in their homes -- is the only company that won contracts to enroll customers in every region of the state.