LIP Funding

Managed Care Extension, LIP Money Approved

Aug 4, 2017
Kaiser Health News

Dealing with two major issues in Florida's health-care system, federal officials Thursday approved a five-year extension of a statewide Medicaid managed care program and finalized a $1.5 billion pot of funding to help with charity care.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is proposing more than $673 million in tax cuts for next year’s state budget. But that’s about $20 million more than the state’s expected surplus. And a $400 million  shortfall is looming in health care funding as a result of losing federal money for indigent health care.

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A Northeast Florida lawmaker is predicting Medicaid expansion won't be a factor during the next legislative session.

Senate Health Policy Chairman Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach) said his focus will be on bringing down health care costs, rather than expanding coverage in 2016.

That’s because the federal government agreed to extend funding for uninsured patients through next year.

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After hearing from hospitals across Florida, Governor Rick Scott’s Commission on Hospital Funding is meeting in Tallahassee Wednesday to come up with recommendations. A big focus was on transparency.

Florida House Health and Human Services Chairman Jason Brodeur told the panel he’d like to require hospital prices to be published in more places.

Gov. Rick Scott’s Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding’s “Spotlight Transparency Tour” made its last scheduled stop Thursday at Miami-Dade College’s Medical Campus.

This meeting included a presentation from Steven Sonenreich, chief executive officer of the private non-profit Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. He said there’s an industry-wide transparency problem when it comes to the rates of services.

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A panel formed by Gov. Rick Scott to examine the finances of hospitals and other parts of the health-care industry held its first meeting Wednesday since the end of two legislative sessions dominated by those issues, as Scott signaled he would continue pushing for changes.

The governor's Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding met in Jacksonville to hear from local hospitals — and particularly UF Health Jacksonville — and to consider data on executive compensation and the quality of care around the state.

UF Health

The UF Health hospital in downtown Jacksonville is no longer in immediate danger of closing. That’s what CEO Russ Armistead told the Governor’s Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding at its stop in Jacksonville on Wednesday morning.

Armistead said, “Thanks to the Legislature and the governor, the LIP funding, which was 95 million dollars, we essentially got all of that for the current year. So we are funded. We’re good to go.”

Governor Rick Scott is dropping his lawsuit against the federal government over funding for hospitals that treat uninsured patients. Scott says it was through his lawsuit the federal government agreed to extend the Low Income Pool—even though the feds are phasing out the program.

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UF Health Jacksonville hospital stands to receive nearly identical state funding as last year under a budget agreement in the Florida Legislature Friday.

Florida Times-Union Statehouse Bureau Chief Tia Mitchell talked about the deal with WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo.


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Dozens of budget issues — including the one that threw lawmakers into a special session to finish work on the state budget — moved up the legislative ladder Tuesday, starting the next round of talks aimed at resolving differences between the House and Senate spending plans.

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Gov. Rick Scott's call for more money to attract businesses to Florida put an unexpected halt Monday to budget talks on transportation, tourism and economic-development issues.

Senators claimed a "lack of respect" as they sought what they considered an adequate explanation about why the House wanted to boost funding for Enterprise Florida, the state's public-private economic development agency.

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Underinsured Floridians are concerned about health care coverage after the Florida House voted down Medicaid expansion for the state.

The House argued expansion would be too costly for the state.

The Florida Coastal School of Law’s Disability and Public Benefits Clinic serves uninsured and underinsured individuals in Jacksonville.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Andrew Pantazi, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

Topics include outgoing Mayor Alvin Brown's legacy, Mayor-elect Lenny Curry's transition, the issues facing the new City Council and more.

We also roundup the strange, bizarre and just plain ridiculous news from across the Sunshine State in our Only in Florida segment.

UF Health

UF Health Jax will be forced to close if there is no resolution to Florida’s health care funding crisis says CEO Russ Armistead.

The Florida House and Senate are back in Tallahassee this week after ending their regular session three days early. The two chambers could not agree on how to get health insurance to the state’s low income residents.

During an appearance on WJCT's “First Coast Connect,” Armistead spoke out on the critical issue of hospital funding in Florida.

The Office of Governor Rick Scott

Describing the state's arguments as "baseless," federal officials this week fired back in court against Gov. Rick Scott's contention that the Obama administration has unconstitutionally tried to link expanding Medicaid with the continuation of a key health-care funding program.