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Medicaid Lawsuit cost state nearly $20 million

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

A decade-long lawsuit over Florida’s Medicaid program has cost taxpayers millions, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

A settlement, finalized last week in Miami, will require the state to correct problems identified in the lawsuit. As part of the settlement, Florida must pay $12 million in legal fees to attorney’s representing parents and providers, according to the Herald-Tribune.

The state also spent $7.8 million on its defense, the newspaper reported.

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