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Health News Florida

Arguments Set In Scott LIP Lawsuit

Gov. Rick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott

A U.S. District Court judge will hear arguments June 19 in a lawsuit filed by Gov. Rick Scott against the federal government in a dispute about the Low Income Pool health-funding program.

Gov. Rick Scott
Credit Florida Office of the Governor
Gov.Rick Scott

Chief U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers issued an order Thursday scheduling the hearing on Scott's motion for a preliminary injunction in the case.

Scott filed the lawsuit April 28 amid a state budget impasse that stemmed heavily from questions about the future of the so-called LIP program and a dispute between the House and Senate about whether to offer health coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income people.

Scott contends that the Obama administration has unconstitutionally tried to link expanding Medicaid with the continuation of LIP --- a contention that the federal government has called "baseless."

Attorneys for the state filed a motion last month seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent federal officials from linking the issues. Rodgers will hear the arguments at a federal courthouse in Pensacola.

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