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Federal Judge Signs Off On Medicaid Settlement

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

A Miami federal judge gave final approval Tuesday to a settlement agreement in a decade-long legal battle between the Florida Academy of Pediatrics and the state.

The Florida Channel

Pediatricians and pediatric dentists filed the suit on behalf of some 2 million poor children who rely on Medicaid for their health care.

The plaintiffs alleged reimbursement rates were so low, children couldn’t find doctors willing to participate in the program.

Attorney Stuart Singer says the settlement agreement will require the state to pay qualifying doctors nearly double traditional Medicaid rates.

“They’re will be a reasonable opportunity for board certified pediatricians and possibly other providers for children to receive Medicare rates, rather than Medicaid rates. Medicare rates are substantially higher.”

The new fee schedule begins in October, Singer  says. U.S. District Judge Alberto Jordon will continue to monitor the agreement to make sure more children are receiving treatment.

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Jim Ash is a reporter at WFSU-FM. A Miami native, he is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.