In a move that creates a $5 billion divide with the House, the Senate released a budget proposal Thursday that banks on expanding health-care coverage for low-income Floridians and extending a critical funding program for hospitals.
A Senate panel unanimously approved a plan to extend healthcare coverage to an estimated 800,000 low income Floridians.
Trying to build momentum amid continued opposition from House leaders, a Senate panel Tuesday approved a plan that would expand health coverage to an estimated 800,000 low-income Floridians.
A House panel rejected a proposal to revamp the Medicaid program’s system of providing dental services to children.
Florida is set to lose more than $1 billion in aid to hospitals around the state if doesn’t expand its Medicaid program.
A new bill, proposed in the Senate, would offer an alternative to Medicaid expansion and would use federal funding to insure nearly 1 million low-income Floridians.
Looking for ways to expand health-care coverage, a Senate committee next week is slated to consider a wide-ranging proposal that would set up a new insurance-exchange program, according to documents filed Thursday.
Florida’s House speaker indicated he does not have plans to expand Medicaid coverage to an additional hundreds of thousands of residents during the next legislative session.
Florida lawmakers will have to decide what to do with a possible annual loss of $1.3 billion in federal funds that help compensate hospitals and providers who treat uninsured and Medicaid patients.
The Florida Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday that took aim at non-lawyers who are paid to help people get Medicaid benefits — including seniors who need Medicaid coverage for nursing-home care.