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Despite $51 Billion For the Taking, Florida Unlikely to Expand Health Coverage in 2014

| November 25, 2013

Consumer groups, hospitals and insurers are clamoring for Florida to take the $51 billion in federal funds that have been offered to the state over the next decade to provide health coverage to the working poor. But those who are tuned in politically — even those who desperately want it to happen — say it’s very unlikely in 2014.

Too Young for Medicare, Too Old for Medicaid, and Neglected By Affordable Health Act

| October 30, 2013

While most of the uninsured will be able to get subsidized health coverage Jan. 1 under the Affordable Care Act, the poorest adults under 65 will be out of luck in many states, including Florida. Many are women in their 50s and 60s, too old to have children still at home so they can’t qualify for Medicaid. But they’re not yet 65 so they don’t qualify for Medicare, either.

Kathleen Sebelius to Florida Legislature: That $51 Billion Offer Is Still Good for the Taking

| October 9, 2013

Kathleen Sebelius has visited Florida half a dozen times since June, trying to get the word out to the state’s millions of uninsured to sign up for a health plan., but she hopes the Florida Legislature reverses its opposition to expanding Medicaid and accepting $51 billion over the next 10 years.

Shutdown Geezers: The Medicare
Generation’s Immoral War on Obamacare

| October 4, 2013

Opponents of Obamacare think that by doubling down on hurting Americans through a shut-down, they might stun them into submission. They must be stupider than they let on. The Affordable Care Act has its issues. Lacking for moral high ground isn’t among them.

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.

Florida House Rejects $50 Billion in Federal Medicaid Help, Opting for Stingy Alternative

| April 28, 2013

Florida’s rejection of federal aid for the expansion of Medicaid leaves the state with a bare-bones alternative to provide health care for the poor and uninsured while setting a defining marker against Obamacare and the federal vision of health care reform.

So Long, Teeny Weeny Bean Plan: Skeletal Health Plan for Florida’s Poor Is Dying

| April 25, 2013

Sen. John Thrasher says he doubts Sen. Aaron Bean’s small-budget plan for some of Florida’s low-income uninsured will get a floor vote. Bean’s plan was criticized as not much of a plan at all, as it would have cost beneficiaries more than they might have benefited.

Weekend Toil: Florida Lawmakers Contend With Significant Budget Differences

| April 21, 2013

Some of the highest-profile issues, from a difference over teacher pay raises to how to structure a major change in Medicaid reimbursements, remained unresolved with a Tuesday deadline looming before legislative leaders take over the negotiations.

Sen. Aaron Bean’s “Health Choice Plus” Plan for Florida’s Poor: Flimsier Than a Band-Aid

| April 4, 2013

What kind of health coverage can you buy for $20 to $30 a month? None. That may sum up the real-world prospects for Health Choice Plus, the plan for low-income uninsured Florida adults that State Sen. Aaron Bean’s committee approved Tuesday along party lines.

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.

Bill To Close a Gap in Children’s Health Insurance Stalls as Tallahassee Dawdles

| March 25, 2013

With a third of the annual regular legislative session already gone, a bill that would close gaps in access to health care coverage for Florida children has passed just one committee and appears in danger of not passing.

With 1 in 5 Floridian Uninsured, Backers of Broader Coverage Want Lawmakers to Act

| March 15, 2013

Although Florida lawmakers have made it known they have no intention of going along with an expansion of Medicaid under the federal health care law, legislative leaders say they’re open to crafting an alternative that would find some way to expand health care coverage to many more uninsured as the law envisions.

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.

Still Unpopular as Election Approaches, Scott Slouches Left in 3rd State of the State

| March 5, 2013

As Gov. Rick Scott stepped to the podium Tuesday morning for his third State of the State address — a sort of unofficial midpoint in his term — he embarked on a very different path than the ultraconservative businessman who spent his first two years trying to shake up Tallahassee.

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.

From Bankruptcy to Granny Nannies: Navigating the Shoals of Long-Term Care

| February 27, 2013

Long-term care insurance is expensive, but the costs of long-term care are far more so. The experiences of local residents and businesses contending ding with reality almost everyone will eventually face illustrate the dilemmas of aging in a society with a meager safety net. A special report.

The Missing Link in Ever-Rising Health Care Costs: Personal Responsibility

| February 7, 2013

Car insurance costs go down when drivers drive responsibly for a few years. A similar approach to health care could help bring costs down, but first, Milissa Holland argues, people must take responsibility for their own health and lifesrtyles–and the way they seek out medical help: the ER is usually not the answer.

Beyond Doctor’s Orders: When Health and Fitness Are Not Always a Matter of Choice

| January 30, 2013

The discipline it takes aside, getting healthy can be costly, writes Milissa Holland, in many more ways than one: healthy food is more expensive, exercise isn’t always as easy as deciding to do it, and even health insurance plans for the poor are becoming intractable. An invitation to discuss a central issue in most people’s lives.

State Health Agency Corrects Inflated Costs of Obamacare Scott Had Used to Oppose Reform

| January 14, 2013

Florida’s costs could be as low as $3 billion over 10 years — a huge drop from the nearly $26 billion figure that AHCA produced in a report last month. Even with the changes, it appears that the Scott administration believes that the state’s final tab over 10 years would be higher.

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.

Almost 27% of Flagler Residents Under 65 Are Without Health Insurance; Reform Would Help

| August 30, 2012

Obama’s health care reform would almost eliminate the proportion of uninsured, but Gov. Rick Scott’s refusal to join reform’s expanded Medicaid eligibility means that many of Flagler’s 16,774 eligible residents will be shut out of the benefit.

Florida’s Doctors Are Nation’s 3rd Worst When It Comes to Accepting Medicaid Patients

| August 7, 2012

Only 59 percent of doctors in Florida accept accept new Medicaid patients, well below a national average 69 percent. Better reimbursements would improve both rates, but that’s not about to happen in Florida, which is rejecting increased federal aid.

Flagler Mulls Joining Lawsuit Against
Florida Over Reduction in Medicaid Payments

| April 13, 2012

Flagler County commissioners will decide Monday whether to join a Florida Association of Counties lawsuit challenging the state’s decision to try to tap counties for tens of millions of dollars in disputed Medicaid money.

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.


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