Moms say Florida denies kids good care under Medicaid

Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.

MIAMI — Several mothers are testifying in a class action lawsuit this week that Florida doesn't give their children access to quality health care.

They allege that 390,000 children did not get a medical checkup in 2007 and more than 750,000 received no dental care.

The problem: Most doctors and dentists won't accept Medicaid because Florida doesn't pay enough. The state's reimbursement rates are among the lowest in the country.

Rita Gorenflo says her 10-year-old son Thomas had to wait 16 months in 2005 for a back surgery to correct scoliosis that was affecting his left lung. Doctors say the red tape worsened his spinal curvature.

The trial is expected to last several months in Miami federal court. It was filed in 2005 and names multiple state agencies as defendants.

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