Florida Senate leaders are standing their ground when it comes to expanding Medicaid and keeping hospital funding.
Florida House leaders met behind closed doors Tuesday while Senate leaders held a special hearing in an attempt to agree on Medicaid and finalize a budget as the need for a special session seemed imminent.
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.
A proposal based on the state Senate’s plan to extending funding for hospitals that treat low-income patients has been submitted to the federal government.
Florida’s doctors and nurses are weighing in on the fight over Medicaid expansion.
Governor Scott is comparing the Obama Administration to the Sopranos, accusing the president of not caring for low-income families, even as the governor refuses to expand Medicaid to more than 800,000 low-income families.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he is suing the Obama administration for withholding hospital funds because the state won’t expand Medicaid.
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.
Ending weeks of speculation, Republican legislative leaders Wednesday acknowledged they won’t be able to wrap up budget negotiations before the scheduled May 1 end of the 2015 session.
Florida health officials want Florida’s Medicaid program to be expanded before they grant Florida Governor Rick Scott’s push for funding to help hospitals treat low-income patients.