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A Closer Look at the Florida Overhaul Proposal

by Andrew Barr on August 8, 2011

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

The Medicaid overhaul proposed by Florida would start shifting patients into managed-care plans in 2013 and would use a controversial pilot program as a springboard, according to hundreds of pages of documents released this week.

Supporters hope the federal government will sign off on the proposal, which they say would help control costs in the $21.2 billion Medicaid program and improve care for beneficiaries.

“What Florida’s proposing really is at the vanguard of what states are doing, and a lot of states are looking at Florida,” said Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Chairman Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who was an architect of the plan.

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