Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Not an Option for Florida

Rejecting Medicaid expansion would have far-reaching and long-lasting adverse effects on Floridians and Florida’s economy. Click to read the considerations that should factor into the Governor’s and Legislature’s decision-making process.

Florida Employers Will Benefit Immensely From Medicaid Expansion

Affordable Care Act opponents have expressed a desire to forego the opportunity to expand Medicaid, ostensibly out of concern for the perceived burden on the state budget and, by extension, on Florida businesses.  In reality, however, Florida’s participation in Medicaid expansion would provide a significant and disproportionate benefit to employers in Florida’s service industry-dominated economy. […]

Florida’s KidCare Toolbox

Read this report published by KidsWell Florida which consists of information about how kids currently access health care and practical ways to improve Florida’s KidCare program in order to cover more children.

Suspicions Confirmed: Access to Care Plummeted in Medicaid Reform Experiment,Often to Dangerously Low Levels

In the absence of patient encounter data for analysis, this report examines access to primary care in the Reform Pilot counties using alternative sources of available data. Although the data analyzed was not originally intended to answer questions about access to care, it ultimately served that purpose effectively. In short, the primary care utilization statistics derived for this report corroborate the mounting anecdotal reports of problems with access in Reform.

Proposed changes to Medicaid Reform pilot from federal CMS and what it means for new experiment

Click for the downloadable version: Summary of Federal CMS’ Proposed Changes to the Medicaid Reform Waiver and Implications for Florida’s New Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Experiment July 28, 2011-  In June 2010, the State of Florida submitted a request to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for an extension of the 5-year “Medicaid Reform” […]

The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment: Evidence from the First Year

July 11, 2011-   In 2008, a group of uninsured low-income adults in Oregon was selected by lottery to be given the chance to apply for Medicaid. The lottery provides a unique opportunity to gauge the effects of expanding access to public health insurance on the health care use, financial strain, and health of low-income adults […]

Health Cuts and Spares in 2011- 2012 Budget

May 23, 2011-  Here is another in a series of reports summarizing how Florida Medicaid and the State health care budget fared. In particular, we list ten areas where the Legislature somehow justified making harmful budget cuts, as well as eight other areas where cuts were threatened, but ultimately not made.

Q & A About CMS Letter and Its Implications for Florida

On April 28, 2011, a high-ranking official at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to the secretary of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). The following questions and answers help explain the significance of CMS’ letter and its impact on current proposals to overhaul Florida’s Medicaid program:   […]

Fact Check on Senate Bill 1972

April 25, 2011-  Florida CHAIN evaluated the extent to which key claims made by Senate leaders to defend their proposed Medicaid overhaul (SB1972) have any link with reality.  Click here to view 2 page analysis.

On The Governor’s Budget

February 14, 2011-  Given that Governor Rick Scott’s 2011-12 State budget recommendations called for a staggering $4.6 billion reduction in total State spending, it may seem surprising that he proposed to increase the health and human services (HHS) budget. Click here to read more.