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Florida Medicaid Could Be Cut By $650M

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

Florida House and Senate leaders have agreed to about $650 million in hospital payment cuts through Medicaid as part of a larger budget deal, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

According to the Times, the state would cut its share of Medicaid payments by $250 million in the upcoming budget, which reduces federal matching dollars by more than $400 million.

Hospitals could be repaid for some of those cuts through Low Income Pool funding which may be able to pay the hospitals as much as $1.5 billion in care for the uninsured, the Times reports. That has not been settled between the federal government and Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration.

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