MIAMI (AP) -- April 4, 2011 -
A Georgetown University study of Florida's Medicaid privatization program says critical information about cost savings and patient care are lacking.
Tuesday's study comes as Florida lawmakers are poised to expand
the controversial Medicaid privatization program statewide. The
pilot program started in five counties in 2006. Lawmakers say
privatization is the only way to prevent Medicaid from consuming
the state's budget.
The Republican-led House approved a bill last week to expand the
pilot statewide, despite opposition from Democrats who voiced
concern at the lack of data measuring the program.
A University of Florida study showed a small decrease in
expenditures, but it was unclear if that was because patients got
less care or it was delivered more efficiently.