Fla. Lawmakers Poised to Privatize Medicaid Statewide

By: AP
By: AP

MIAMI (AP) --

Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislators want to expand a Medicaid privatization experiment statewide.

They say Florida must overhaul Medicaid as costs are expected to
top $21 billion next year. They plan to push a privatization bill
through the Legislature during its upcoming session, which begins
March 8.

Critics complain the privatization experiment in five counties
hindered patients' access to specialists and medications. Doctors
complained HMOs refused tests and medicine they prescribed.

The Senate's proposal would raise the Medicaid reimbursement
rate for primary care doctors. Backers hope that would increase
doctor participation.

Advocates say privatization would ensure people get preventive
care because HMOs must pay their hospital costs.


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  • by airborne-Here in Hee Haw Hell on Mar 1, 2011 at 08:10 AM
    Wow. I find that sad. I'm always proud to be an American. Your statement speaks volumes. Maybe you'll have to move out of the country one day if he's elected. Have you ever thought about Somalia?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2011 at 04:56 AM
    If Rick Scott is ever elected President, I will no longer be proud to call myself an American.
  • by airborne on Mar 1, 2011 at 04:17 AM
    The main problem with Medicare/Medicaid/Tricare is the layers of layers of government management that delay payments and tie up physician's time and their staff's time. It is not the providers. It is the government workers with no incentive to do their job. Physicians lose money taking care of these patients and that is why they won't take care of them. It comes down to making money, which is the basis of any business and business is what drive's America. A medical group has to have at least one full-time employee who does nothing but deal with insurance companies so they can get paid and the main insurance is the goverment. The government book that guides the billing is about three inches thick and changes every year. If there is make a mistake in billing you can be penalized and criminally charged as a doctor even if your billing person made the unintentional error. And if you don't submit your bill in time the government will go to great lengths to not pay you for your work.
  • by airborne Location: 1961 Tallahassee on Mar 1, 2011 at 04:11 AM
    Douglas-check your attitude. I went to years of school to do what I do for a living. I've had a hammock on my front porch for 4 years now. I've never had time to use it because I work about 100 hours a week. I am self-employed and rely only on myself, not government, to take care of us. Homeless on the streets? Bring back the 1930's WPA and give them a job managed by the US Army just like 1935. They can build plenty of excellent parks and roads and since they're under guard the crime rate will drop. Hard to rob banks, have your "babies daddy" and sell drugs when you're digging a ditch but at least your clothed, housed, fed, and paid a little bit. I'm not paying for high speed rail as I don't need to go from Tampa to Orlando. Gas will get cheaper when you quit using it. Supply and demand. I drive a Honda because it is a great car and reliable, as I don't have time to repair a car since I'm always going to work. Afraid? I used to jump out of airplanes for a living. Nuff said.
  • by airborne Location: 1961 Tallahassee FL on Mar 1, 2011 at 04:01 AM
    Too soon. We need more drastic economic fallout before the time is ripe to elect a business guy who has no desire to be president for "power" with the courage to deeply slash government spending including entitlement programs that have been on the books since the 1960's. When that starts happening you are going to have generations of people who have been expecting government handouts/jobs coming unglued, like in Wisconsin now. Otherwise the US will turn into 1925 Weimer Republic Germany with hyperinflation. What is coming, in my opinion, is if you don't have cash you don't eat. The entitlement generations recklessly spending our money since the 60's are coming to an end. In other words everybody is going to have to get a job. Relying on government to take care of you are going to end. When Scott says "Let's get to work" he is sending a discreet message. He needs a few years to turn around Tallahassee/Florida government spending to prove he can do it. I believe he can.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    airborne, What about 2012?
  • by Pick up the phone when we call you. on Feb 28, 2011 at 03:35 PM
    If the providers get better support on compliancy and reimbursement rules that is a good thing. If the providers get better support on resolving reimbursement issues that a good thing. If they don't they are going to drop Medicaid, because Medicaid reimbursement is a real struggle and not a lot of money. Pick up the phone when we call you.
  • by airborne on Feb 28, 2011 at 03:33 PM
    Excellent idea. Capitalism to drive the cost downward. Now that's a new concept in Tallahassee Florida government. Get the government out of Medicaid. Scott for President '16!
  • by Douglas Location: Tallahassee on Feb 28, 2011 at 02:43 PM
    More homless on the streets, more Rich hangging in hammocks with a pineapple drink, with their expensive car sitting close by. We are watching the "Rich get richer and poor get poorer" saying come to pass. No high speed rail which would have created jobs, saved on gas, and put us into a progressive nation catagory. Now America falls to it's knees, as you see in Wisconsin and other parts of the country, due to these tea bagging, inexperienced and unwise people that have been voted in by uneducated brain washed voters. It will get worse as they take away our most cherished programs that made America great. The sadness should be staggaring. Be VERY afraid! Very Very Afraid!!
  • by anon Location: here on Feb 28, 2011 at 01:24 PM
    This must be the 'other part' of Scotts plan as he stated on a national interview " he plans to contain Medicaid costs by controlling Medicaid recipients. So the privitizing plan is to make the patients pay the cost up front and then if you can`t afford it - you get NO care. Why not impose a means test on retirees who have 6 & 7 figure pension and trust funds who also collect full Soc. Secuity and also try to file for food stamps? This who budget cut mess is smoke and mirrors to keep from repealing Jeb`s tax cuts.
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