Lawmakers Setting Hopes on Medicaid Reform

Lawmakers passed a bill this week in special session to move hundreds of thousands of the state’s elderly, disabled and low-income residents into HMO-style managed care programs.

The programs will start in Duval and Broward Counties, and are intended to eventually roll out statewide. Some lawmakers still have reservations.

Rep. Ed Jennings, (D) Gainesville, says, “We want to make sure that we’re not using those citizens as guinea pigs for this new program. God willing, everything will work out. We will give them enhanced services, reform, but we’ve got some reservations.”

More than two million Floridians rely on Medicaid for their health care. The pilot programs in Duval and Broward Counties begin in July.