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Insurers Shun State Health-Care Website

Oct 1, 2018

The pushback against Gov. Rick Scott’s effort to create a health-care transparency website appears to be more widespread than state officials previously acknowledged.

Health Care Transparency Effort Lags

Sep 27, 2018

With just months left in his term, one of Gov. Rick Scott’s key health-care initiatives remains in limbo.

Medicaid Patients Face Changes In Health Plans

Sep 19, 2018

About 600,000 low-income patients will be assigned to new Medicaid managed-care plans in the coming months after the state ended contracts with their existing plans.

A new Florida rule requiring generators at all nursing homes and assisted- living facilities passed last legislative session after Hurricane Irma knocked out power to much of Florida for an extended period. In Hollywood, Florida 14 people in a rehabilitation center died, and 12 were ruled homicide. A swift push to pass legislation requiring generatros followed, and was signed by Governor Rick Scott in late March. 

State Challenged Over Pasco Hospice Approval

Sep 14, 2018

A preliminary decision by the state to approve a new hospice program in Pasco County faces legal challenges from two companies that were turned down. 

Proposed Hospital Projects Go To State Regulators

Sep 7, 2018

The state received nine “certificate of need” applications for new hospital projects by a Wednesday deadline, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. 

State Reaches Deal On Medicaid Mental Health

Sep 6, 2018

Patients with serious mental illness may have an increased choice of health-care providers under an agreement between the state and one of the largest Medicaid mental-health plans.

Magellan Drops Medicaid Contract Fight

Aug 28, 2018

Magellan Complete Care is dropping its challenge to contract decisions that were part of Florida’s multibillion-dollar reprocurement of the Medicaid managed-care program.

Judge Digs Into Medicaid Contract Disputes

Aug 28, 2018

A legal showdown over contracts in Florida’s multibillion-dollar Medicaid program started Monday in an administrative court.

Recently, enrollment of new behavioral health providers in two South Florida counties were suspended from the state’s low-income health program. 

Hospitals Look To Add Facilities, Expand Services

Aug 8, 2018

Seven different companies want to establish new hospitals or offer new services at existing hospitals across Florida, but at least some of the proposals aren’t in areas where the state says there’s a need. 

Delay In Federal Approval Trims Medicaid Savings

Aug 7, 2018

Nearly $100 million the state assumed would be saved by changing a policy about patient eligibility for Medicaid won’t come to fruition this year.

Challenge To Medicaid Dental Contracts Scrapped

Aug 1, 2018

Tampa-based Argus Dental and Vision withdrew a legal challenge to recently awarded contracts in Florida’s new Medicaid dental program, clearing the way for the state to move ahead with what one official described as the “broadest dental package ever available” to Medicaid beneficiaries. 

Medicaid Dental Challenge Dropped

Jul 27, 2018

There’s one less Medicaid contract challenge the state Agency for Health Care Administration will have to try to fend off before an administrative law judge. 

Medicaid Enrollment Expected To Keep Dropping

Jul 26, 2018

The number of Medicaid patients in Florida could be decreasing like never before. Members of the state’s Social Services Estimating Conference on Wednesday agreed to revise downward overall Medicaid enrollment estimates for fiscal year 2018-2019 from 4.02 million people to 3.86 million people. 

Judges Set To Hear Medicaid Challenges

Jul 25, 2018

Twenty-seven legal challenges filed by managed-care plans protesting state decisions to award $90 billion in Medicaid contracts have been grouped into five cases that will be heard in administrative court next month.

State AIDS, Mental Health Changes Spur Protests

Jul 20, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott is coming under fire for his administration's decisions to shift tens of thousands of patients with serious mental illness or HIV into new Medicaid health plans in the coming months, changes that could force many patients to switch doctors.

State Challenged On Children’s Medical Contract

Jul 18, 2018

A managed-care plan owned by the North Broward and South Broward hospital districts is fighting a state decision to eliminate it from providing Medicaid services to some of Florida’s sickest children. 

State Signs Off On Two Hospital Projects

Jul 17, 2018

Florida’s top health-care regulator gave final approval last week to a pair of new hospitals for southern Sarasota County. 

Two Dental Plans Challenge State Over Contracts

Jul 17, 2018

The state’s decision to award Medicaid managed-care contracts to three prepaid dental plans is being challenged by two companies that submitted unsuccessful bids. 

State Faces 27 Medicaid Contract Challenges

Jul 13, 2018

After a lengthy process that involved awarding tens of billions of dollars in Medicaid contracts, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration now will have to try to fend off legal challenges from health plans that were denied contracts. 

Judge Closes Book On Disputed Abortion Law

Jul 11, 2018

In a case that focused heavily on First Amendment rights, a federal judge has issued a permanent injunction against a 2016 abortion law approved by Florida lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott.

Three hospitals in Marion and Citrus counties are challenging a state decision to sign off on a new 66-bed hospital in Marion County, according to documents posted Thursday on the state Division of Administrative Hearings website. 

State Awards Medicaid Dental Contracts

Jun 29, 2018

Florida Medicaid officials announced plans Thursday to sign contracts with three managed-care companies to provide dental care. 

Medicaid Contract Challenged In Southwest Florida

Jun 26, 2018

A move by state health-care regulators to avoid litigation has, instead, created more.

Attorneys for Best Care Assurance, a managed care plan affiliated with Lee Memorial Health System, notified the state that they plan to challenge a decision last week to award a Medicaid contract to Molina Healthcare of Florida in a seven-county region of Southwest Florida.

Two More Health Plans Get Medicaid Contracts

Jun 20, 2018

Two health plans that would have been locked out of Florida’s Medicaid market for the next five years were awarded state contracts after they threatened legal action.

Health Plan To Challenge Medicaid Contracts

Jun 7, 2018

A decision last week to award Medicaid contracts to two additional managed-care plans could mean more legal challenges for the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

A health care advocacy group was urging Floridians to contact the Trump administration before the end of the day Tuesday to express opposition to a state proposal that would save $98 million by making changes to how people qualify for Medicaid. 

Two Health Plans Tapped For Medicaid Contracts

Jun 1, 2018

Florida Medicaid officials on Thursday announced their intent to award contracts to two companies owned by health care providers, bringing to 11 the number of managed-care plans expected to sign five-year contracts with the state.

A national group has asked the federal government to extend the deadline for public comment on Florida’s proposed Medicaid changes after a glitch on medicaid.gov prevented submissions.

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