As many other Republican-led states grudgingly begin to implement forms of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, the prospects for expansion in Florida is looking increasingly grim.
The GOP-led Florida Legislature quickly rejected Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act a few years ago, but the decision may impact a key Republican constituency, businesses.
Hialeah Republican state Senator Rene Garcia is once again trying to secure $51 billion in Medicaid funding available to the state under the Affordable Care Act.
As of Wednesday, the much maligned Affordable Care Act went into full effect across the country. The law fundamentally shifts parts of the health care industry and open the door for millions of uninsured Americans to finally afford health care.
The Florida House of Representatives started work Wednesday the exact same way they ended work on Tuesday, with a robotic computer program reading every word of every bill at the request of House Democrats.
The Florida House of Representatives’ appropriations committee has pushed ahead with a smaller state-funded health insurance plan for Florida’s needy rather than embrace a fully federally-funded Medicaid expansion.
In addition to providing insurance for those in need, an expansion of Medicaid in Florida would create more than 100,000 new jobs, according to one study.
The Florida Legislature has essentially killed a plan from Governor Rick Scott to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 1 million of Florida’s poorest residents as part of the Affordable Care Act.
Florida economists are now projecting that the total cost to Florida taxpayers for the Affordable Care Act will be approximately $5.2 billion over the next decade.
Florida Governor Rick Scott, one of the biggest opponents of the Affordable Care Act has announced that he has agreed to expand Medicaid coverage as long as federal officials agree to pick up the cost of the expansion.