Posts Tagged ‘Joe Negron’

Feds Like Florida’s Medicaid Expansion Plan

April 1, 2013

By , Health News Florida

In the Friday afternoon rush, those who are tracking the debate on Florida Medicaid expansion may have missed three important events: (more…)

Legislators Look to Private Insurers to Expand Medicaid

March 21, 2013

By Kathleen Haughney and William E. Gibson, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

TALLAHASSEE – A panel of Florida lawmakers today is taking up a privatized alternative to Medicaid expansion that could result in as many as one million low-income Floridians qualifying for the first time for subsidized health-care coverage.

The plan, nicknamed “Negron-care” for its Senate sponsor, Joe Negron, R-Stuart, is the Legislature’s first attempt under the Affordable Care Act to look at a way to insure people who are poor, but not poor enough to qualify for existing Medicaid coverage.

“I’m optimistic we’re going to get it done,” Negron said.

But there are still a lot of unanswered questions about Negron’s plan, including whether the House – and the federal government – will agree to it.

We look at what’s in the plan, how it impacts you, your health care and your tax dollars. (more…)

Tampa Mom Brings Medicaid’s Importance Home

March 21, 2013

Medicaid ReformBy Dave Heller, Sunshine State News

Alysia Peddy, a mother from Tampa, is making her voice heard in the debate over Medicaid at the state Capitol.

Peddy considers her family’s medical situation a prime example of why Medicaid is working and should be expanded in Florida.

Her 9-year-old son Pierce requires between 15 and 20 hours of nursing care a day because of a traumatic brain injury.

The family has private insurance. It costs $2,200 a month, but because Pierce’s care is so extensive, and expensive, the private insurance covers only a fraction of the expenses. (more…)

Feds to FL: We’re Flexible; Show Us Your Plan

March 14, 2013

By , Health News Florida

Medicaid expansion for 1 million low-income adults in Florida may technically be dead, after committees in both the House and Senate voted to kill it. And yet, chances for an alternative plan that would accomplish the same goals are looking up.

On Wednesday, federal health officials signaled interest in seeing Florida’s alternative plan, which is still just a gleam in the eye of a powerful state senator, as soon as the state has something in writing.

And a report on how much it would cost the state to offer coverage to private plans to the newly insured estimated that it would cost 3 percent to 4 percent less than for the current Medicaid population.

Even House Speaker Will Weatherford, a vocal opponent of Medicaid expansion, moderated his tone somewhat in speaking to reporters this week. (more…)

Florida Senate Panel Rejects Medicaid Expansion

March 14, 2013

From The Associated Press

A Florida Senate committee voted Monday against expanding Medicaid to roughly 1 million of the state’s poorest under the federal health overhaul and instead proposed a voucher plan that would require patients to pay premiums and co-pays.

“This will be the beginning of a transformation of the entire Medicaid system,” committee Chairman Sen. Joe Negron said. “My goal is that we will get out of the federal Medicaid system as we know it. Now, we can’t do that all at once, but we have an opportunity to begin that process.” (more…)

Feds Say No to Partial Medicaid Expansion

December 11, 2012

health-care-reform2Source: The News Service of Florida

TALLAHASSEE – Florida and other states will have to fully expand Medicaid eligibility if they want to tap into billions of dollars in extra money under the federal Affordable Care Act, Obama administration officials said Monday. (more…)

Florida Moving to Work on Implementing Health Care Law

November 12, 2012

By Stacey Singer, The Palm Beach Post

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, President Barack Obama has won re-election and a majority of Florida voters rejected Amendment 1, the effort to etch into the state constitution a permanent ban on mandatory health insurance.

With the Affordable Care Act more certain than ever, some lawmakers are calling for a careful look at how to implement it here. Even Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a staunch opponent, appeared to be softening his longstanding refusal to acknowledge the law.

“Just saying ‘no’ is not an answer,” he said in a statement released by his press office late Friday. “We need to focus on how Obamacare affects each of our families,” he said, adding he is concerned about the impact for cost, access and quality of care.

“I am looking forward to working with legislators and others on specific ways to address these issues,” he said. (more…)

Can Florida’s Medicaid Reform Plan Be the Model for the Nation?

October 1, 2012

By John Dorschner, The Miami Herald

Quietly, over the past six years, an experiment in providing healthcare for the poor has been playing out in Broward and four other counties around the state. Its basic goal is to relieve the financial pressures of Medicaid on Florida’s taxpayers by turning over poor and disabled patients to private companies, a move lawmakers believe will cut costs.

Conservatives love the Medicaid reform program, pointing to an in-depth University of Florida study indicating that the experiment has lowered costs while not raising consumer complaints. The Legislature has already approved a slightly modified model of the reform to go statewide. At least one national think tank believes it should be a model for the entire country. (more…)

State Lawmakers Address HCAF PAC Members at Fall District Meetings

November 21, 2011

Three state lawmakers addressed the HCAF Political Action Committee at three District Meetings across Florida during the last two weeks. (more…)

Feds Want Florida Medicaid HMOs to Spend 85 Percent on Care

September 22, 2011

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE — Angering some state lawmakers, the federal government will require that HMOs comply with a new spending restriction in Florida’s Medicaid managed-care pilot program.

Justin Senior, the state’s acting Medicaid director, told legislative committees Wednesday that the federal government is almost certain to require that HMOs spend 85 percent of the money they receive on patient care — known in the industry as a “medical loss ratio.”  (more…)