Trying to Define Florida's Medicaid Law

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

Tallahassee, FL --

Martha Moor's life was forever changed back in July 2002.

She says her son, Everette, was breaking up a fight when he was shot in the neck.

Now he lives with his parents full-time because he can't take care of himself.

Everette's been on medicaid since the incident, and his mother wants to know what's next.

"I'm under pressure with this. My son is under pressure," said Moor. "We need answers and we're not getting any answers."

Moor said she's contacted the agency for Health Care Administration all week and still doesn't have any answers.

Moor joined other medicaid patients Friday hoping for more clarity.

"It's taken his life away. Not only has this taken his life away but every other, week, month, year there's something that comes from the government that changes for him his future," said Moor.

The new medicaid system will take effect July 1, 2011.

It will move medicaid patients from a free for service model to a managed-care system.

One doctor WCTV contacted says patients biggest concern should be staying informed.

"Well what happens especially with medicaid a lot of patients are uninformed," said Bond Community Health Center Medical Director Temple Robinson. "Sometimes their medicaid providers are changed and the patients are not aware of it at all."

This is just the first of 11 meetings state officials are holding to get feedback on the new law.

The next stop is in Pensacola on Monday.

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  • by Country Location: asedimentaryevironment on Jun 12, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    In my opinion, health care costs cannot be controlled in a free society unless and until competent adult patients have the right to make binding contracts w/ physicians -- for example, agreeing to abide by the decision of an arbitration board in the event of a negative outcome -- or even permanently waive liability *entirely* -- in return for a reduced fee. This proposal assumes that a patient seeking to obtain affordable care would be able to look up a doctor's "stats" as easily as one can look up a pro ballplayer's statistics.
  • by Concerned on Jun 12, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    Its a shame that people who are disabled are having to face another problem in their lives. As a sister of a disabled sibling my heart goes out to those who are not fiscally able to take care of themselves. Free medical insurance needs to be revamed but not at the expence of the elderly and disabled. After all one never knows what will happen in ones future. Those with the money don't know what its like to have to decide food and shelter or health insurance.
  • by taxpayer Location: TLH on Jun 11, 2011 at 05:56 PM
    How can you people that are getting Medicaid, ie free health care at the taxpayer's expense, dare complain? Your other choice would be to pay for your own insurance like the rest of us. I have CHP that I pay a small fortune for out of every pay check. It's managed care. I have to call my primary and wait for an appointment. If I go to the ER, I have to pay a $100 co-payment at the time of service. And I pay for you to get the same care for free. If you're not happy with your government hand out, don't take it. See how that works for you. I'll be happy to save the money.
  • by D on Jun 11, 2011 at 07:31 AM
    There needs to be some type of change. I am a veteran so mu health care is taken care of through the VA but my kids are on medicaid. When ever they get sick I call their primary care provider and guess what. They tell me to take them to the emergency room for a cold because they cant get them in for 2 months. But my neighbor who has blue cross and the same doc calls they can usually get them in by the next day. This plan needs to change and it needs to change now.
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      by duhhhhh? on Jun 12, 2011 at 04:51 AM in reply to D
      First, nobody needs to go to the ER for a cold! Don't you watch the commercials on TV? Have you ever walked down the isle of a pharmacy and noticed the hundreds of cold medicines on the shelves? Take a little responsibility and give the kid some Tylenol Cold and Gatorade. Second, why are the taxpayers taking care of your kid's health care? You're right, there needs to be a change. Stop robbing the taxpayers to feed into this huge black hole.
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      by NE Tally on Jun 12, 2011 at 05:02 AM in reply to D
      Here's a change for you. Buy Blue Cross for your kids and get them off Medicaid. Then you can enjoy the same benefits as your neighbor. You get what you pay for :) or you get what we pay for :(
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        by CHeryl on Jun 12, 2011 at 01:15 PM in reply to NE Tally
        The elderly and disabled can not afford to buy BCBS, CHP, etc. stupid. Your posting says it all. NORTHEAST TALAHASSEE!! I am by NO means talking about the sorry people that have made a profession of living off our tax dollars. I am talking about the elderly and disabled only!
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          by GV on Jun 13, 2011 at 07:08 AM in reply to CHeryl
          Idiot,can you read.NE tally was reply to someone complaining about their kid with a cold,not an elderly or kid with a disability.You are the stupid one.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 11, 2011 at 04:51 AM
    Just make sure that Obamacare gets totally blown away. Hang in there AG Bondi and others in the multistate lawsuit. This unconstitutional piece of garbage must go.
  • by Jay Location: Over Round Home on Jun 11, 2011 at 04:01 AM
    The governor and the repub super majority legislators say privatization like its a good thang. Managed care? By whom? Government and business in bed together and this will make things better for the consumer.All I can say is they're lying and I am laughing. Ha ha ha tell another big'n, we need leaders not liars. You know it's not very christian like to produce policies that harm the sick and poor. Where are we going and what are we doing in this hand basket?
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      by concerned from Madison on Jun 12, 2011 at 08:43 AM in reply to Jay
      Hey Jay, Christian has a capital 'c', and you're right, we should take care of the sick and the poor. It's what most of us learned in Sunday school. But, in this country we decided on separation of church and state. Charity is a church function, and the government should get out of the religion business. It's unconstitutional and it sets the government up as a 'false god'. That creates a conflict of interest with the first of the 'Ten Commandments'. Where's the ACLU when you need them?
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        by Country on Jun 12, 2011 at 02:10 PM in reply to concerned from Madison
        ACLU? I checked LAST WEEK -- they were still trying to keep Ted Bundy from being executed. I guess it's that kneejerk thing they got going on...
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          by concerned in Madison on Jun 13, 2011 at 06:04 PM in reply to Country
          The reference to ACLU was a satirizing attempt at our desire to 'have our cake and eat it too'. Glad you caught it!
  • by katie day Location: quincy fl on Jun 10, 2011 at 08:25 PM
    i thank that rick should leave the medicaid and all of the stuff alone because the people of florida is happy the way it is...... the people who can not get health care they should be able to get medicaid and it should not be just for people with kids it should be for ever body even people who can not have kid
  • by Martha Henderson-Moor Location: Gadsden on Jun 10, 2011 at 05:43 PM
    There is much more for me to say, but what can I say to stop something passed without acknowledging the five counties in Florida where this pilot program failed. This is a huge concern. Only 2-3 HMO's offered for Gadsden.
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      by tina on Jun 10, 2011 at 10:00 PM in reply to Martha Henderson-Moor
      There are a lot of things that need to change and then there are just as many that need to change. It's a shame that people are still having to choose health care and medication or eating and keeping a roof over their heads.
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      by Cheryl on Jun 11, 2011 at 05:42 PM in reply to Martha Henderson-Moor
      Martha, my heart goes out to you and Everette. It is the disable like your son that NEED good medical care. And the sorry people that WON"T work and want free handouts, abusing the system, are the ones causing this hardship on your son.
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