A million Floridians will be left without health care coverage because of Florida’s decision to put its Medicaid patients on managed-care plans run by private insurance companies, South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz warned on Friday.
She was reacting to federal approval of Florida’s plan, announced on Friday by Gov. Rick Scott. The feds gave the state a waiver to expand its pilot program statewide to put Medicaid patients on HMO plans.
Attempts to expand Medicaid under the new Affordable Care Act stalled in the Florida Legislature this spring, leaving a big gap in coverage.
“Unfortunately, this decision to expand Florida’s Medicaid waiver does nothing to help the 1 million Floridians who will be left without health care coverage because the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott failed to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid to cover more Floridians,” Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, said on Friday.
“This short-sighted partisan move hurts struggling Florida families who will still be going to the emergency room for health care and driving up the cost of care for all Floridians.”
She took encouragement by signs that federal officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will keep an eye on the situation in Florida.
“I will be closely monitoring the waiver’s implementation and will continue to support CMS’s vigilance in its oversight efforts to protect Florida’s Medicaid recipients,” she added.
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