Medicaid program

House Shies Away From Overhauling Disabilities Program

Feb 14, 2020
News Service of Florida

The chance that Florida legislators this year will redesign the Medicaid program for people with developmental disabilities is dwindling. 

Any day now, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans could rule that the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

At least it seemed that two of the three appeals court judges were leaning that way during oral arguments in the case, State of Texas v. USA, in July.

State leaders are proposing changes to a Medicaid program that serves disabled people in order to save money. But advocates say any funding cuts to the services could end up costing the state even more money in the long run.

Patient in discussion with doctor at a desk.
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By News Service of Florida 

State economists said Friday that about 260,000 low-income, childless Floridians would enroll in the Medicaid program if it were expanded. 

State Economists To Scrutinize Proposed Medicaid Expansion

Jun 28, 2019
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State economists meet Friday to begin discussions on a proposed constitutional amendment that, if approved next year by voters, would expand Florida’s Medicaid program.

The proposal, backed by a group that wants to force the state to expand Medicaid as authorized under the federal health care act known as "Obamacare," will become the first to be evaluated under a contentious new law designed to make it more difficult for citizen initiatives to get onto the ballot in Florida.

Medicaid Expansion Plan Passes Key Threshold

Jun 4, 2019
Florida Supreme Court

A proposed constitutional amendment that would expand eligibility for the Medicaid program has passed a key initial threshold, readying it for review by the Florida Supreme Court. 

House Committee Votes To Make Medicaid Cuts Permanent

Mar 20, 2019
Lying atop a mobile gurney, a patient was being prepped and coached just prior to the subsequent medical procedure that was about to take place in this hospital setting. The nurse was wearing her requisite blue colored hospital scrubs, and had draped a st
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House Republicans on Tuesday released a proposed health-care budget and an accompanying bill that could lead to putting people with disabilities in managed-care plans. 

House Republicans Unveil Long-Awaited Plan To Replace Health Law

Jun 22, 2016

Six years after promising a plan to “repeal and replace” the federal health law, House Republicans are finally ready to deliver.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott, contending that the state will likely lose federal money it is now receiving to help hospitals, is calling on any hospital that receives taxpayer support to share profits to help each other.

Scott, a former health care executive before he sought public office, sent out a letter on Friday to hospital executives across the state asking them to help draw up the plan.