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Feds Give Florida Another LIP Extension

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Florida’s Low Income Pool program – the issue that brought the Legislature to an abrupt halt this spring - is receiving its fourth temporary extension to continue paying hospitals that treat uninsured people, Politico Florida reports.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says the state can spend up to $41.6 million through Oct. 14. Letters between federal and state health officials show that the extension is tied to “good progress” being made in talks to create a two-year plan for the LIP program, according to Politico.

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