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Florida Pursues Medicaid Reform

by Benjamin Domenech on January 24, 2012

The latest on Gov. Rick Scott’s approach to reforming Medicaid:

Based on evidence Florida’s attempt to reform Medicaid is bearing fruit for the Sunshine State, Republican Gov. Rick Scott is seeking to expand it beyond its initial test counties.

Florida passed its Medicaid Reform Pilot for five counties with bipartisan support in 2006. The program shifted health care from the government-controlled status quo toward patient-centered care, with the goals of greater choice, expanded services, ability to opt-out for private coverage, and increased patient satisfaction.

The pilot achieved greater choice and control for patients by expanding the number and types of plans offered. “Patients deserve the power to choose,” says Tarren Bragdon, president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability.

“With the Reform Pilot, patients can choose among [either] 2 [or] 11 plans, depending on the county. This allows them to choose the plan that best meets patients’ unique health needs,” Bragdon said.

Read this important report from Bragdon on the successes in Florida, released in November.

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