Nurses Rally at the Capitol for Safety Net Hospital Funding

By: Jennifer Milton Email
By: Jennifer Milton Email

Dozens of employees from Miami-Dade's Jackson Health System are fighting to receive $35 million dollars in low income pool funding, that they say lawmakers approved for the hospital.

Officials with the Florida Hospital Association say a special piece of legislation was passed last year that appropriated millions of dollars to Florida's largest safety-net health system under the condition that they met certain goals.

Officials say the hospital has met those goals, but Governor Scott is still withholding the money.

"Withholding our 35 million for taking care of the uninsured, Rick Scott is causing havoc on patients in Florida. Jackson Health System not only benefits patients in Miami-Dade county, but we service all of the Caribbean, we train the U.S. Army before they go to Afghanistan," said Martha Baker.

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, which is our area's safety net hospital, says the low income pool money that they receive is not affected.

A spokesman from the Governor's office says they are still reviewing the document, but have major concerns with the hospital losing more than 600 million dollars in the past two years.

Statement from Governor Rick Scott's Office:

"We are still reviewing the language of the document, but we are very concerned with the fact that the hospital lost $266 million in 2010 and $356 million this year. Before we move forward to release the money, we need to see a financial plan for sustained viability. Over the past five years, the legislature has supplemented the operating revenues of the safety net hospitals with $228 million."


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