A Test Case For Regulatory Health Reform: Florida Privatizes Medicaid
Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed two historic Medicaid bills Thursday, placing the health care of nearly 3 million Florida residents into the hands of for-profit companies and hospital networks. Lawmakers said the program was overwhelming the state budget and needed to be privatized to rein in costs and improve patient care. Critics fear the bills build on a flawed five-county experiment where patients struggled to access specialists and doctors complained the treatments they prescribed were frequently denied.
[. . .] The bills removed a requirement for plans to spend certain percentages on patient care and Federal health officials encouraged state lawmakers to include that provision in the bill. Instead, the bills call for managed care plans to repay profits over 5 percent to the state.
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