Medicaid Stand Off Leaves Miami’s Unisured In Limbo

CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A stand off between Governor Rick Scott and the Obama administration has left millions of uninsured Florida families in a limbo of sorts.

Gov. Scott and the Republican-led Legislature want to privatize the state’s Medicaid program, but need the Obama administration’s permission. The Obama administration wants to make more low-income Floridians eligible for Medicaid, but needs Scott and the Legislature to agree.

The sides have been negotiating a package deal for more than a year and won’t comment. Without a solution billions of federal dollars could go to other states and many uninsured Floridians will continue to receive their health care in emergency rooms — the most expensive, least effective place. Safety nets, like community health centers, say they don’t have enough funding to keep up as more uninsured patients end up in their waiting rooms.

Florida’s Medicaid program currently costs more than $21 billion a year…

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