Sink: Medicaid Proposal Would Cost Fla. Millions

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink has released a study showing a proposal to shield Medicaid doctors from malpractice claims would cost Florida $69 million annually.

Sink, a Democrat who narrowly lost to Republican Rick Scott in
last month's gubernatorial election, sent a letter to leaders of
the GOP-controlled Legislature outlining the potential costs
Tuesday, Dec. 21.

Lawmakers are considering a proposal to extend the state's
limited immunity from lawsuits to Medicaid providers.

Sink said that means taxpayers, rather than doctors and their
insurers, would pay verdicts or settlements of up to $100,000 per
person for their mistakes -- a limit that will increase to $200,000
next October.

The Legislature also can lift the cap on a case-by-case basis.


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