December 9, 2005


Florida Legislature Passes Governor's Managed-Care Medicaid Bill (John-Thor Dahlburg, December 9, 2005, LA Times)

Florida lawmakers Thursday approved ambitious changes in the state's Medicaid program that call for beneficiaries to contract with private companies that would determine what healthcare, and how much of it, they received.

In what could become a model for other states plagued by increases in Medicaid costs, Gov. Jeb Bush wants the program that serves 2.2 million poor, disabled and elderly Floridians to be run more like a private insurance plan. Basics are required by the federal government, but the insurer would decide the level and duration of additional coverage.

"What the Legislature has done today is the single biggest change and the boldest reform since the beginning of Medicaid," Bush said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 9, 2005 10:00 AM
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