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Medically Needy Waiver Plan Scrapped

Attempts to have more than 50,000 medically-needy Floridians enroll in the state’s Medicaid managed care program have been scrapped, the News Service of Florida reports.

The state had asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to include these individuals in the statewide transition to private insurer oversight of Medicaid’s medical coverage. But the federal government balked at the size of monthly premiums, according to the News Service.

An Agency for Health Care Administration spokeswoman said the state has decided to stop pursuing the waiver.

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Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.