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Florida Hospital Flagler CEO: State Must Extend Medicaid to Working Poor

| January 4, 2014

The Florida Legislature still has the opportunity this year to draw down $51 billion in federal dollars already sent to Washington to help pay the cost of health insurance for those who cannot afford it, argues Floridfa Hospital Flagler CEO Ken Mattison.

Despite Florida’s Resistance, A New Era Of Health Insurance Begins for Millions

| January 3, 2014

Thousands of previously uninsured Floridians woke up Wednesday morning with peace of mind for the first time in years. More than half of Florida’s nearly 4 million uninsured are projected to qualify for coverage through the Marketplace. Another million would qualify if the Florida Legislature would permit it.

Another Red State Takes Medicaid Dollars, Contrasting With Florida’s Holdout

| September 1, 2013

Michigan, which like Florida has a Republican governor and legislative majority, has voted to accept federal funds and expand its Medicaid program to the low-income uninsured. It is yet another GOP-dominated state that has done what Florida, which declined $51 billion over 10 years, did not.

Federal Government Approves Florida’s Medicaid Overhaul, Shifting Millions to HMOs

| June 17, 2013

The announcement was a victory for Gov. Rick Scott and Republican lawmakers who approved the proposal to move to statewide Medicaid managed care in 2011, amid controversy about whether the changes would best serve the needs of low-income Floridians.

Lawmakers Seal $74 Billion Budget Deal, With Merit Teacher Pay and Medicaid Patch

| April 29, 2013

Under the deal on teacher pay raises, one of Gov. Rick Scott’s top two priorities, teachers rated as “effective” would receive a raise of at least $2,500, while those rated “highly effective” would get $3,500. The raises wouldn’t be paid out, though, until June 2014.

For Florida’s Poorest 600,000, a Stingy Health Care Proposal that Cuts to the Bone

| April 1, 2013

The latest proposal to provide health care to Florida’s poorest snubs federal money while creating limited health accounts the poor may tap, but for limited services, and with burdensome conditions of employment–and premiums that most may not be able to afford.

Florida Speaker Weatherford’s Homeschool Blinders to the Poor and Uninsured

| March 25, 2013

Rather than worship his homeschooling past, what Will Weatherford needs to be wondering is what Florida will be like if its 4 million uninsured citizens continue to go without health coverage, argues Rhonda Swan.

Florida Senate Kills Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion, But 3rd-Way Alternative Remains

| March 12, 2013

Florida lawmakers say they want to pursue an alternative plan, possibly expanding Healthy Kids, that would use federal money to help uninsured low-income people get coverage through private insurers. Democrats are not entirely opposed.

Obamacare’s 10-Year Cost to Florida: $5.2 Billion, a Fraction of Planned Expansion

| March 11, 2013

The state’s share would only be a fraction of the $55 billion overall expansion cost, with the federal government paying the rest. Under the law better known as Obamacare, Washington would pay 100 percent of the expansion costs during the first three years and gradually reduce that share to 90 percent in 2020.

Snubbing Scott and Billions in Federal Aid, Florida House GOP Reject Medicaid Expansion

| March 4, 2013

Only a few hours after Florida’s chief economist said the state can’t afford to leave billions of federal dollars sitting on the table, the House committee on the Affordable Care Act voted to do exactly that.

Rick Scott’s Lies: How Governor Intentionally Kept Using Wrong Medicaid Estimates

| January 12, 2013

The state’s chief economist has warned the staff of Gov. Rick Scott that his Medicaid cost estimates are wrong, but Scott keeps using them anyway, skewing Florida’s costs under the Affordable Health Act.

Quality Concerns as Florida Medicaid Moves Millions of Poor and Elderly to Managed Care

| January 3, 2013

Senior said much of the state’s negotiations with federal officials have focused on safeguards to make sure that Medicaid’s new Florida version would be based on providing services in people’s homes and communities and would not be a “nursing home light” system..

Obamacare or Bust: U.S. Tells Florida to Either Expand Medicaid or Lose Out on Billions

| December 11, 2012

Under Obamacare the federal government would pay 100 percent of the cost of the expanded eligibility from 2014 through 2016. Florida and other states questioned whether the federal government also would cover the full costs for a partial Medicaid expansion. The Obama administration said no.

Gov. Scott, on Media Blitz, Hit With “Pants on Fire” Falsehoods Over Health Care Claims

| July 5, 2012

In his media blitz against Obama’s health care reform, Gov. Rick Scott gave a one-sided and misleading account of how much the Medicaid expansion would cost the state, badly misrepresented requirements on small businesses and used a widely debunked talking point about rationing, Politifacts found.

Gov. Scott’s Health Law in Florida: No Medicaid Expansion, No Insurance Exchange

| July 2, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott will opt Florida out of the insurance “exchanges” the new health law designs to help residents find health coverage, and he will opt out of expanding medicaid, even though the federal government pays all the costs for expansion the first 2 years, and 90 percent thereafter.

Florida’s Poor and Elderly Again Brace For Cuts As Legislature Prepares for Tuesday Kickoff

| January 6, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott is proposing further deep cuts in Medicaid payments to hospitals, while lawmakers have filed bills that would help shield emergency-room doctors and workers from costly malpractice lawsuits.

From Nursing Homes to Medicaid to Pill Mills, Florida Re-Writes Austere Health Rules

| May 10, 2011

Health care reform opt-out, broad abortion restrictions, managed care for 2.8 million Floridians, less care for patients in nursing homes, Healthy Start slashed: Florida redrew the state’s health care map in the 2011 legislative session.

More Losers Than Winners as HMOs Skim Off Florida’s $20 Billion Medicaid Overhaul

| April 19, 2011

Managed-car plans will take over almost all of Florida’s 2.8 million Medicaid patients. The overhaul does nothing to change the status of 3.8 million uninsured Floridians.

United Healthcare Pledges 75-Day Extension for Flagler Clients Despite Hospital Dispute

| August 3, 2010

United Healthcare’s pledge lessens thousands of Flagler residents’ anxiety over getting care at Florida Hospital Flagler, but only temporarily.

Merchants of Greed: How Florida Hospital and United Healthcare Bargain Over Your Body

| August 3, 2010

On Aug. 15, half a million central Floridians, and thousands in Flagler County covered by United Healthcare, including children on medicaid, will be denied insured coverage at Florida Hospital’s facilities, including Florida Hospital Flagler.

Where Spin Meets Bull: Florida Hospital’s Lars Houmann on the Dispute With United Healthcare

| August 3, 2010

A three-and-a-half minute video by the Florida Hospital CEO is a window into the company’s deception and disingenuity.

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