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Nelson, Democrats Blast Proposed Medicaid Cut

May 11, 2018

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Democratic U.S. House members Thursday called for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reject a move by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration to cut $98 million by trimming the length of time people have to apply for the Medicaid program.

“I rise here today because the state of Florida has again proposed to harm thousands of seniors and folks with disabilities who rely on Medicaid for their health care,” Nelson, a Democrat who faces an election challenge this year from Scott, said on the Senate floor.

Health Plans Mount Challenges Over Medicaid Contracts

May 11, 2018

Twelve managed-care companies challenging the state’s award of tens of billions of dollars in Medicaid contracts have spelled out their arguments about why Florida officials were wrong in the handling of the coveted multi-year deals.

Deadline Looms For Medicaid Managed-Care Protests

Apr 26, 2018

Managed care organizations that want to challenge the award of upward of $90 billion in Medicaid contracts to nine health plans across the state have until late Friday afternoon to launch protests. 

State Names Nine Medicaid Health Plans But Challenges Loom

Apr 25, 2018

Florida officials on Tuesday announced the names of the nine health plans the state wants to ink contracts with to provide health care to nearly four million poor, elderly and disabled residents.

Scott Medicaid Numbers Come Under Fire

Apr 19, 2018

When it comes to health-care math, sometimes the numbers don’t add up for Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

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Scott Medicaid Flip-Flop Revisited

Apr 9, 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to announce Monday morning that he is (shock) running for the U.S. Senate. And Florida Democrats are (shock) going after the Republican's health-care record, including his on-again, off-again support for Medicaid expansion.

From opioid prescription limits to an agreement on the regulation of trauma centers, it was a busy year for health care issues in the Florida Legislature.

Providers, Advocates Blast Proposed $98 Million Medicaid Cut

Apr 4, 2018

A push by the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott to trim nearly $100 million from the state’s main safety-net health care program for the poor is coming under fire by health-care providers and advocates for low-income families.

Florida’s Medicaid program has been rapped by auditors who questioned what the state got for millions of dollars spent with a company whose lobbyists included two former Republican House speakers and a former top health-care regulator.

The largest nonprofit AIDS health-care provider in the nation is at risk of being blocked out of South Florida’s Medicaid market.

Citrus Memorial Hospital is challenging an effort by the state Agency for Health Care Administration to recoup what the agency alleges were nearly $5.9 million in Medicaid overpayments during a 10-year period.

State Seeks Changes In Medicaid Program

Mar 29, 2018

For the third time in less than a year, Florida is asking the federal government to amend a sweeping Medicaid “waiver,” including seeking permission to add community mental-health providers to the list of those able to participate in a supplemental Medicaid funding program.

HMO Rate Cuts Dropped In Budget Talks

Mar 5, 2018

Medicaid managed care plans are no longer on the chopping block. 

House Eyes Work Requirement In Medicaid

Feb 22, 2018

Florida might consider imposing work requirements on adults enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program, a move some critics contend would be “cruel” for poor people who rely on the safety-net program for health care.

Medicaid Program Limiting Opioid Prescriptions

Feb 21, 2018

As lawmakers consider proposals to limit opioid prescriptions, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration is taking steps to do the same in the Florida Medicaid program.

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Low income kids in Pinellas County can see a dentist for free Monday and organizers hope more children will take part this year.

Medicaid Work Requirement Unlikely In Florida

Jan 12, 2018

While the Trump administration signaled willingness this week to allow work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries, the Florida Legislature is unlikely to move ahead with such a mandate this year.

Florida officials say hackers may have accessed the personal information and medical records of up to 30,000 Medicaid recipients two months ago.

Lawmakers Eye Financial 'Hit' In Disabilities Program

Dec 8, 2017

One of Gov. Rick Scott's priorities after taking office in 2011 was to resolve a longstanding deficit in the Medicaid “waiver” program that serves people with developmental disabilities.

Medicaid Plan Required To Return $1.8 Million To State

Dec 4, 2017

Simply Healthcare Plans made too much money from Florida's health-care program that treats the poor, elderly and disabled and was required to return nearly $1.8 million to the state.

Court Backs Hospitals In Outpatient Rate Dispute

Dec 1, 2017

Siding with dozens of hospitals across the state, an appeals court Thursday said the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration improperly dismissed challenges dealing with Medicaid reimbursement rates for outpatient care.

Health Plans Line Up To Seek Medicaid Contracts

Dec 1, 2017

More than 20 managed-care organizations are seeking state Medicaid contracts that could be worth up to $90 billion over a five-year period.

Doctors Can Have Say On Managed Care Plans

Oct 27, 2017

State Medicaid officials are soliciting physicians to share their experiences with Medicaid managed-care plans by Nov. 20.

Health Centers Weigh Funding Changes

Oct 26, 2017

Florida health care officials are offering $50 million to federally qualified health centers to help offset the costs of care they will provide to poor residents in the coming year.

At the height of a budget showdown earlier this year, Gov. Rick Scott boasted that his friendship with President Donald Trump's administration would result in Florida getting $1.5 billion to help the state's hospitals.

Veterans Health Program Proposed

Oct 9, 2017

Saying Florida has the “infrastructure and capacity to serve the health care needs of our veteran community,” a Republican senator Friday proposed a program that would allow veterans to tap into the state Medicaid managed-care system as an alternative to the federal Veterans Health Administration system.

An intriguing new theory is gaining traction among conservative foes of the Obama-era health law: Its Medicaid expansion to low-income adults may be fueling the opioid epidemic.

Stephanie Colombini / WUSF Public Media

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor are asking the federal government to step in after thousands of kids were kicked off a state Medicaid program. The two Democrats sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price earlier this week.


Imagine being stranded without a ride to the doctor or arriving hours late to medical appointments that your life literally depends on. Those are Florida patients’ most common grievances with a company the state pays to arrange medical transportation for people with disabilities.  


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