Medicaid

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.

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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.  


Scott Raises Concern About Inequity In Medicaid

Jul 17, 2017

A day after U.S. Senate leaders released a proposal to replace the federal Affordable Care Act, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday raised concerns about whether Florida would be treated fairly in Medicaid funding.

Crippling Medicaid Cuts Could Upend Rural Health Services

Jul 11, 2017

Each day as Ginger Peebles watches daughter Brenlee grow, she sees the importance of having a hospital close by that delivers babies.

Federal funding that provides insurance for nearly 340,000 Florida kids will expire in September unless Congress acts. It’s called the  Children’s Health Insurance Program and it supports kids who don’t qualify for Medicaid.

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Thousands of Floridians living with AIDS could be losing financial assistance they say is essential to living a normal life, and some AIDS groups are worried the state won't carry through on its promises.

Sen. Nelson Hears Concerns From Medicaid Enrollees

Jul 5, 2017
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A group of Bay area residents shared their experiences with the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Monday. Their audience was Sen. Bill Nelson, who was in Tampa to push back against the Republican Senate health care bill.

Changes to Medicaid in Republican proposals for health care reform could cause insurance rates to go up for everyone, according to Rep. Kathy Castor.

Critics pounced after the Senate released its long-awaited bill to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law on Thursday, saying its proposed cuts to Medicaid could be disastrous for the roughly 3.6 million Florida residents who rely on the program.

Judge Ends Legal Battle Over Care For Disabled Children

Jun 13, 2017

With the state pointing to changes it has made, a federal judge Friday dismissed a long-running legal battle about whether Florida's Medicaid program provided proper services to children with severe medical conditions.

President Donald Trump’s plan to slash billions of dollars from Medicaid would hit small town America hardest, especially in Florida, according to a new Georgetown study.

Senate Seeks To Bolster Hospital Funding

Jun 8, 2017

On the opening day of a special legislative session, Florida senators Wednesday began moving forward with a proposal to send more money to hospitals for treating Medicaid patients.

More Floridians could lose their health insurance under legislation being considered by the U.S. Senate. That includes the poor, the disabled and military veterans.

Hospitals Appeal Ruling On Outpatient Payments

May 23, 2017

Dozens of hospitals across the state have appealed an administrative law judge's decision in a dispute about reimbursement rates for outpatient care of Medicaid beneficiaries.

More than $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid are wrapped into the health care reform bill that Senators are now considering.

Florida hospitals are intently watching the negotiations between the state and federal government over health care funding. The state has been talking to the federal government about renewing a wavier for health care services for low-income Floridians.

A dispute over cuts to hospitals is one of the reasons Florida lawmakers had to postpone their final votes on the new state budget to this week. It was finally approved and sent to Governor Rick Scott, where its future is uncertain. Health News Florida's Stephanie Colombini talks about those hospital cuts and other key health issues this session with Kathleen McGrory, health reporter for the Tampa Bay Times.


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