Gov. Scott to Expand FL Medicaid Program

By: Garin Flowers; Associated Press Email
By: Garin Flowers; Associated Press Email

By: Garin Flowers
February 20, 2013

Governor Rick Scott announced today he will support a plan to expand Medicaid to thousands of Floridians.

The law would fall underneath President Barack Obama's Health Care Act.

This is definitely a turn around for Gov. Scott.

Ever since campaigning for the role of governor he opposed the affordable care act under President Obama.

However, Gov. Scott announced today he will support a three year expansion of the Medicaid program under the new Federal Health Care Act.

The governor agreed to this decision mainly because the federal government has vowed to cover the costs for the first three years and ninety percent after those years expire.

The decision came hours after federal officials announced they will approve Florida's request to privatize its existing Medicaid program if the state agrees to measure the quality of patient care.


Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott has announced that he will expand Medicaid to an estimated 900,000 additional Florida residents under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The decision is a surprise since Scott has been a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act.

The Republican governor said Wednesday that he will support a bill that would expire in three years. Scott entered politics in 2009 running national cable TV commercials criticizing the president's plan.

The federal government will pay for the Medicaid expansion for the first three years and pay 90 percent after that.

Scott joins six other Republican governors who are also expanding Medicaid.

The decision came hours after federal officials announced they will approve Florida's request to privatize its existing Medicaid program if the state agrees to measure the quality of patient care.


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