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Future Of Medicaid Cut Remains Unclear

A new era in the Medicaid program will begin Friday when the state eliminates a long-standing policy about paying health-care bills that accumulate while people prepare to apply for coverage.

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By Gary Fineout 
7/31/2009 Health News Florida

The Florida fund that pays the health care bills for tens of thousands of state employees will become insolvent in two years unless something drastic is done, state economists say. Someone has to fix the fund, either the taxpayers or state workers, and a top state senator says it should not be the taxpayers.

By Carol Gentry
8/17/2009 © Health News Florida

The federal government would pay 100 percent of the cost of expanding Medicaid coverage under all health-reform bills now pending in Congress. States wouldn't have to pay anything until at least 2014 under any version in the House or Senate.

 

By Carol Gentry
8/14/2009 © Health News Florida

Patients in the hospital may want to start wearing prominent name tags; apparently those little ID bracelets aren’t enough, judging from two cases that came before the Florida Board of Medicine this morning.

By Christine Jordan Sexton
8/13/2009 © Health News Florida

Even though Florida Medicaid already faces a deficit, HMOs are in line to get a 3 percent premium increase to treat the poor, elderly and disabled as of Sept. 1.

While lawmakers had budgeted a slight decrease in HMO rates, state Medicaid officials say actuaries refuse to approve those rates.

By Christine Jordan Sexton
8/7/2009 © Health News Florida

Kathleen Lieberman has been trying for years to find affordable health insurance.
 
Small-group? Too expensive. Adding her to her husband’s plan? Unaffordable. Discount medical card? Too scary, since there’s no hospital coverage. 

By Carol Gentry 
8/4/2009 © Health News Florida

About 1 million Medicaid patient, mostly children, were wrongly dropped from the August eligibility rolls over the weekend because of a computer glitch, the Agency for Health Care Administration has confirmed. 

Of those, 400,000 enrolled in managed care were never at risk because plans had already sent their names to doctors' offices, said AHCA spokeswoman Shelisha Durden. The mistake had been corrected as of Tuesday morning, she said.

By Carol Gentry
7/31/2009 © Health News Florida

State Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty confirmed Thursday that regulators are looking into whether some Florida health plans have been using a flawed database to figure out how much to pay out-of-network doctors. If so, patients may have been shouldering more than their share of the bill for years.

By Carol Gentry
7/30/2009 © Health News Florida
Insurance Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw is calling on state regulators to find out which health plans operating in Florida have been using a pay scale that tricks patients into paying more than their share of the bill when they get treatment outside their plan's network. Shaw cites a Senate study saying millions of Americans were cheated.

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