Medicaid

Op-Ed: Legislature Must Tackle Health Care This Session

By Kim Williams Imagine you own a restaurant and are forced to charge your customers less than what it costs to make their meals. Now, imagine that you must serve every single patron who walks through your doors, including those who are unable to cover the cost of their food. That is a difficult, and even […]

Poll: Over 60 Percent of Floridians Support Medicaid Expansion

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA — More than six out of 10 Florida voters support Florida policy makers expanding Medicaid to provide health care coverage for uninsured Floridians, according to a Public Policy Polling (PPP) statewide poll. In a survey of 814 voters (conducted September 11-13, 2015), 63 percent of respondents supported accepting billions of dollars in […]

Lawmaker to Feds: Make Florida Give Poor Kids Healthcare

By Carol Marbin Miller, The Miami Herald U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is asking federal health administrators to investigate Florida’s “outrageous and miserable history” of denying adequate healthcare to impoverished and disabled children, saying the state has deliberately ignored a judge’s ruling that Florida’s insurer for the needy is systematically violating federal law. In a letter […]

Op-Ed: Health Care Plan Saves Money, Lives

By Dr. Lawrence P. Floriani The prestigious New England Journal of Medicine examined the effects of Medicaid vs. no insurance on a Medicaid-eligible population and found that those with no insurance had a 6 percent higher early mortality rate than those with Medicaid. In Florida, that means at least three and possibly more premature deaths occur every […]

CHAIN’s Brennaman: Expanding Medicaid Could Help Florida’s Finances

Florida will have more federal money to reimburse health care providers for care they provide uninsured patients if the state accepts federal funding for Medicaid expansion, says Florida CHAIN’s Policy & Research Director Laura Brennaman, PhD, RN. Dr. Brennaman told WMNF’s Sean Kinane that the federal government’s 60-day extension to spend about $166 million to fund […]

Florida Leads Obamacare Enrollment

By Gray Rohrer, The Orlando Sentinel Nearly 944,000 people signed up for health care through federal exchanges during the latest enrollment period, which ran from Feb. 23 to June 30, with the largest number coming from Florida, according to data released Friday by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Sunshine State residents accounted for […]

Happy Birthday to Medicare & Medicaid!

This month marks a half-century of health care coverage for elderly, impoverished, and disabled Americans by Medicare & Medicaid.  The dream of covering all Americans with health insurance began more than a century ago with President Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 and was supported by presidential advocates along the way in F. D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, […]

Florida CHAIN Weighs in on Federal Medicaid Regulations

Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) are health plans that attempt to control the cost and quality of care by coordinating medical and other health-related services. State Medicaid plans began to contract with independent MCOs in the 1980s as a strategy to control and predict their Medicaid expenditures. The number of Medicaid beneficiaries that receive their health care […]

Governor Scott Drops LIP Funding Lawsuit, Coverage Gap Remains

The Supreme Court decision safeguarding tax credit subsidies for 1.3 million Floridians was not the only big legal development on for health care in Florida in the last week of June.  On Thursday June 25, Governor Scott withdrew his unfounded lawsuit against the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that alleged unlawful coercion […]

Updates on Florida’s Battle Over Low Income Pool (LIP) Funding

The Florida state administration and the Florida House are begging the federal government for Medicaid funds that the state has to match at 40% to pay for non-coverage for health care and balking at 100% Federal Medicaid funds that eventually will require a 10% state match to pay for health care coverage for more than […]