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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.

News Service of Florida

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.

A pediatrician meets with a small child and their mother in an exam room.
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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Florida Policy Institute

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.

A sign posted on the Port Richey Department of Children and Families Access Office confirms it's closing next month.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

Pasco County residents may soon find it more difficult to get help filing applications for Medicaid, food stamps, temporary cash assistance and more.

A sign in the entrance to the Port Richey Florida Department of Children and Families Access office confirms it's permanently closing on Friday, July 26.

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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. 

Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

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. 

Ana Lopez Del Castillo, a registered behavior technician, works with a child at Amazing Gains Behavior Therapy Services in Orlando.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

Therapists who work with autistic children in the Medicaid system are having problems getting required state credentials, according to providers.

The issue has been going on for months and is impacting how many patients clinics can serve, the providers said.

A Senate Bill that would permanently cut back the time Floridians have to apply for Medicaid if they want healthcare costs retroactively covered is up for debate when lawmakers reconvene in Tallahassee next week.

AIDS Group Seeks To Prevent Patient Shift

Feb 6, 2019

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has filed a lawsuit in Leon County circuit court arguing that it’s illegal for the state to require patients with HIV and AIDS in Southeast Florida to switch Medicaid managed-care plans by the end of the month. 

DeSantis Goes Light On Medicaid Cuts

Feb 4, 2019

As a congressman, Ron DeSantis carved out a name for himself railing against Medicaid spending. 

State Medicaid Changes Come Under Fire

Jan 23, 2019

Florida has put in place sweeping changes to its main health-care safety net program over the last several months, but legislators on Tuesday received an earful about ongoing problems with the $28 billion Medicaid program.

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A bill filed by Sen. Marco Rubio would change the way safety net hospitals are reimbursed for serving uninsured and Medicaid patients.

The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices.

The Trump Administration has approved the search for oil and natural gas off the Atlantic coast. Late last month, the federal government gave the green light to five applications that allow companies to use seismic testing in different sites, including along part of Florida’s eastern seaboard.

The tests work by using airguns to send sound waves through the water to image the sea floor. The waves then bounce back to deliver information about the location of buried oil and gas.

Medicaid enrollees in Florida will have a much shorter window to apply thanks to a change approved by the federal government. But the reason given for the change doesn't add up for some.

Feds Back Change To Trim Medicaid Costs

Dec 4, 2018

Despite fears that the move could cut access to health care for poor residents, Florida has won approval from the federal government for a change that will let the state reduce how much it spends on Medicaid.

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The state starts rolling out new Medicaid managed care plans on Saturday and some are worried about the impacts to Florida’s most vulnerable children.

On a hot day in September, Charlene Jones celebrated her 61st birthday by herself.

The former nursing-home cook made herself a birthday dinner of turkey and dressing, macaroni and cheese, string beans and butter pound cake. She ate it alone, in a dim apartment in an affordable housing complex in Miami’s West Little River neighborhood.

“I wanted to be home,” Jones said. “I don’t really like being out.”

Georgetown University's Center For Children and Families

The number and rate of uninsured children increased in Florida and across the nation in 2017, according to a report released today by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families.

Agreement Reached In Managed Care Dispute

Nov 20, 2018

A legal challenge to the state’s Medicaid managed care patient-assignment system in Northwest Florida has been withdrawn. 

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