Gov. Rick Scott reversed course Monday, saying he no longer supports Medicaid expansion as talks break down between Florida and its request for the federal government to extend funds to hospitals that serve low-income patients.
By Associated Press, Health News Florida
April 2, 2015
Amid growing budget discord that could derail this year's session of the Florida Legislature, Senate President Andy Gardiner dispatched two top Republican senators to Washington to talk with federal officials about more than $1 billion in health care grants the state could soon lose.
A new poll from Public Policy Polling finds Floridians strongly support the idea of expanding Medicaid in the state to capture federal money and close the coverage gap, an option the Legislature has resisted.
We just got off a conference call with representatives from the Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment and the Alliance for a Just Society – along with several people suffering from the "Barriers " referenced in the report's title, "Breaking Barriers to Health Care Access in Florida" – and, well, the news isn't good (as always).