The Senate on Wednesday voted to approve its plan to use federal Medicaid expansion money to help lower income Floridians buy private health insurance.
Gov. Rick Scott wasted little time in reappointing 16 agency heads, including the leaders of two health-care agencies and the state’s elections chief, after the Senate did not confirm them before the end of the regular legislative session.
The state agency responsible for Medicaid submitted a new proposal Monday to the federal government for up to $2.2 billion in health-care funding, but the move might be too late to break a budget impasse.
Senators raised questions Wednesday about how Gov. Rick Scott’s administration has handled negotiations with the federal government over billions of dollars in health-care funding that has thrown the state budget process into disorder.
The ban on adding new nursing-home beds is being lifted thanks to backing of state regulators. On Monday they approved the proposal for 2,600 beds in 25 counties.
A Florida Senate panel Tuesday instructed the Agency for Health Care Administration to draft legislation — fast — that would allow the state to shut down unlicensed assisted-living facilities as quickly as possible.
A federal judge will hear arguments Sept. 13 about whether a dispute involving disabled children being placed in nursing homes should become a class-action lawsuit.
The chairwoman of a Senate committee says she will hold a hearing about the state’s record of placing children with disabilities in nursing homes when the Legislature resumes committee meetings in September.
Saying that time is “of the essence,” the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday offered to quickly meet with Florida officials about a federal investigation that found disabled children were unnecessarily being placed in nursing homes.
Federal officials Thursday approved Florida’s proposal to extend a controversial Medicaid managed-care pilot program through June 2014. Officials were locked in more than a year of negotiations about the logistics of the program.