Rick Scott Heads To D.C. To Talk Health Funding
Florida Governor Rick Scott will tomorrow meet with the head of Health and Human Services. The meeting comes at a critical time for Florida’s budget.
The meeting will center on whether the federal government will continue the Low Income Pool, or LIP. The $2.2 billion fund mostly pays hospitals for care for the uninsured.
The fund expires July 1, and is one reason why Florida’s Legislature failed to pass a budget. In a statement, Governor Rick Scott says he hopes they will reconsider funding LIP, saying the information is critical for lawmakers to craft a budget during a special session.
The meeting comes on the heels of a lawsuit Scott filed, saying the federal government’s end to the so-called LIP fund is forcing Florida to expand Medicaid. Both Kansas and Texas have announced they would file friend of the court briefs in Florida’s case.
WMFE is a partner with Health News Florida, a statewide collaborative reporting on health care.
Health reporting on WMFE is supported in part by AdventHealth.
Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter
Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida news, updates on special programs and more.GET THE LATEST