Fla. moving ahead with Medicaid privatization
Published: Monday, February 4, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 4, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP) — Federal health officials have given Florida the green light to enroll long-term care patients into a statewide Medicaid privatization program.
Gov. Rick Scott's said Monday he was grateful for the decision and urgently asked federal health officials to approve a second request, which would allow Florida officials to privatize Medicaid for most populations statewide.
Scott noted that Florida lawmakers need a decision soon so they can figure out how it will impact their plans to implement The Affordable Care Act.
The approved waiver allows Florida to enroll patients who require long-term care into programs that will offer services in their home or other community programs to keep them out of nursing homes.
Florida passed laws in 2011 that allow for-profit providers to determine the health care of Medicaid recipients.