Fort Lauderdale (CBSMiami/AP) – Florida has been given the green light by federal health officials to enroll long-term care patients into a statewide Medicaid privatization program.
The approved waiver allows Florida to enroll patients who require long-term care into programs that will offer services in their home or other community programs to keep them out of nursing homes.
Florida passed laws in 2011 that allow for-profit providers to determine the health care of Medicaid recipients.
Gov. Rick Scott has asked federal health officials to approve a second request, which would allow Florida officials to privatize Medicaid for most populations statewide.
Scott noted that Florida lawmakers need a decision soon so they can figure out how it will impact their plans to implement The Affordable Care Act.
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