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LIP Program Funding

Last week, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services crunched some numbers and stuck them in an envelope addressed to Florida Medicaid Director at the Agency for Health Care Administration Justin Senior. “We have preliminarily concluded that that 2015-2016 funding should be at approximately $1 billion … to maintain stability while the system transitions,” CMS Director Vikki Wachino wrote, according to the Tampa Bay Times. What’s being proffered here is that the state basically needs to expand its Medicaid program because the feds are about to phase the LIP program out. In future budgets, CMS says, the state will need to whittle its previous experience with $2.2 billion in LIP funds down to something more reasonable, like $600 million. This …
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The Florida House adjourned three days before the end of the session.

Florida Legislature In Limbo

The Florida House packed up early, saying they couldn’t work through a stalemate with the Senate over health care funding. A special session is likely as the two chambers were unable to pass a budget during the regular 60-day session. But the collapse of the regular session took down some big bills like water preservation and left other legislation like Medicaid expansion in limbo.
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