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Medicaid spending claims increasingly larger share of state budgets

June 22, 2017

Stateline: Studies Point To Flaws In Florida's Medicaid Managed CareLike many other states in fiscal duress, Florida sliced more than $1 billion off its Medicaid budget this fiscal year, primarily by cutting payments to hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers. Next year, Governor Rick Scott wants to double the size of reductions to the federal-state program -; again by cutting provider fees. ?? But two new reports suggest the federal government may need some answers before it approves Florida's plan. Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute ?? which has been studying Florida's Medicaid managed care experiment since it was launched -; predicted the state's proposed $10 monthly premium for Medicaid recipients would result in 800,000 low-income parents and children dropping the coverage (Vestal, 12/14).

Albany Times-Union: Medicaid Panel Spells Out ReformsThe Medicaid Redesign Team's latest recommendations suggest refusing payment for medically unnecessary procedures like human growth hormone injections for short children and reining in the most expensive enrollees -; the elderly and disabled with complex medical needs. The MRT, which was formed earlier this year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reform Medicaid, adopted another round of major recommendations Tuesday during a meeting at Empire State Plaza. The recommendations will be sent to the governor on Dec. 31 (Crowley, 12/13).

This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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