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Eleven states are allowing people without health insurance to sign up for Obamacare in light of the coronavirus pandemic. But that may not be a reality in Florida.


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The federal government has approved Florida’s request to waive some long-standing Medicaid rules and regulations as the state prepares to treat poor, elderly and disabled residents who become infected with the novel coronavirus.

Medicaid Chief Says New Rule Would Be ‘Crippling’

Feb 24, 2020

The administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis, a steadfast supporter of President Donald Trump, is raising concerns about a proposed federal rule that would strike a financial blow to the state’s Medicaid program if allowed to go into effect. 

Florida House Eyes Changes to Medicaid-Managed Care

Feb 5, 2020

Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva and his allies have loudly contended during the past two years that there’s too much government interference in health care, leading to monopolies and rising costs. 

A bill that would exempt applied behavior analysis clinics from needing an expensive state license is headed to the Florida House floor for a vote in the next month.

Supporters of the proposed bill say clinics that treat children on the autism spectrum will face tough financial decisions if it doesn't pass.

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A Trump administration proposal that would allow states to apply for Medicaid block grants likely won’t have much of an impact on Florida’s program, unless the state decides to expand Medicaid.

The state is quietly closing offices that provide help to people applying for food stamps and Medicaid in several Florida counties.

Lawmakers Consider Continuing Controversial Medicaid Change

Jan 15, 2020

Florida legislators this year will weigh whether to continue a controversial policy that limits the length of time people have to apply for the Medicaid program. 

Senate Eyes Changes For Disabilities Program

Jan 10, 2020

A legislative proposal to overhaul a program that helps Floridians with developmental and intellectual disabilities was released Thursday --- and is quickly sparking fears among people who work with the thousands of residents who rely on assistance from the state. 

A state pilot program that uses GPS to track therapists who serve children on the autism spectrum is so fraught with problems that providers say they are having a hard time going to appointments and getting paid.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ budget proposal, released last month, provides Floridians with some insight into his health care priorities for 2020.

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Floridians suffering from substance abuse disorder or mental illness will have access to housing support in six counties when a Medicaid pilot program begins next month.

A new report says as many as 2,776 older Floridians died prematurely between 2014 and 2017 because of the state’s failure to expand Medicaid, second only to Texas, which lost 2,920 lives.

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The number and rate of uninsured children continued to increase in Florida and across the nation in 2018, according to a report released today by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families.

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Several civil legal aid organizations in Florida have filed a federal class action lawsuit against the agencies that operate the state's Medicaid system.

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A political committee seeking to pass a constitutional amendment that would expand Medicaid eligibility has decided to push back the proposal to 2022.

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Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities Director Barbara Palmer is considering holding a second public meeting on a redesign of the Medicaid home- and community-based waiver program known as the "iBudget," due to intense interest in the changes. 

Families Fret Over Announced Disability Service Redesign

Jul 18, 2019

By Christine Sexton / News Service of Florida

Two state agencies are set to work on redesigning a Florida program that provides services to more than 34,500 people with disabilities.

And their caregivers and family members are nervous. 

Florida Blue To Provide Claims Information For Statewide Database

Jul 10, 2019

In a major turnaround, one of Florida’s largest health insurers is poised to provide 60 million insurance claims to a statewide database designed to help people shop for health care.

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PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

By Daylina Miller

Of the 8.6 million children in working families who are covered by public insurance, more than 70% have a parent who works at a large, private company, according to a new study from PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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By Daylina Miller

A new report says Florida could save nearly $200 million in fiscal year 2022-23 by expanding the Medicaid program.

Stockholders Back Merger Of Tampa-Based Wellcare, Centene

Jun 25, 2019

Stockholders of Tampa-based WellCare Health Plans, Inc., and Centene Corp. approved a proposed merger between two of the largest players in Florida’s Medicaid managed-care program, the companies said Monday. 

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A move to eliminate a 90-day Medicaid retroactive eligibility period will continue for at least another year.

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The number of children covered by Medicaid declined in Florida and other states for the first time in more than a decade.

Rule Changes Aimed At Mental Health Services

May 20, 2019

The state is considering changes to rules surrounding who can provide Medicaid behavioral-health services, with the changes possibly increasing access to mental-health providers in places such as schools. 

Senate Passes Wide-Ranging Health Insurance Proposal

Apr 26, 2019

The Florida Senate on Thursday passed a sweeping health insurance bill that could protect hundreds of thousands of Floridians with pre-existing conditions while at the same time blunting the impact of the federal health care law. 

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President Donald Trump signed into law a bill that will encourage states to better coordinate health care for children with complex medical conditions.

Lawmakers Weigh Medicaid Work Requirements

Apr 11, 2019

Florida lawmakers are considering requiring an estimated 500,000 Medicaid beneficiaries to work or show they are trying to get jobs to keep their health-care benefits, despite recent court rulings that have struck down similar requirements. 

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The state Agency for Health Care Administration last week proposed Medicaid reimbursement reductions for providers who treat children with autism.

Florida lawmakers are one step closer to adding a work requirement for Medicaid eligibility. 

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