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Thanks for visiting. On a semi-daily basis we scan Florida's major daily newspapers for significant Florida political news and punditry. We also review the editorial pages and political columnists/pundits for Florida political commentary. The papers we review include: the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Naples News, Sarasota Herald Tribune, St Pete Times, Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Tallahassee Democrat, and, occasionally, the Florida Times Union; we also review the political news blogs associated with these newspapers.

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The Blog for Monday, December 05, 2005

Medicaid Fraud

    "When it meets for a special session today, the Legislature plans to approve testing Gov. Jeb Bush's Medicaid reform plan, starting in Broward and Duval counties." "Broward to test Bush's Medicaid reform plan". And doesn't this inspire confidence?
    If legislators pass the biggest overhaul of Medicaid in the state's history this week, part of their vote - at least as matters stand now - will have to be based on faith.

    The key change proposed for the Florida Medicaid system is to switch from an open-ended payment system to one where the state will pay managed-care organizations a predetermined, capped premium for each beneficiary.

    But the state's Agency for Health Care Administration, which has been working on Gov. Jeb Bush's reform proposal for more than a year, still has not calculated just what those premiums will be.

    And it doesn't expect to before the end of the special session called for this week in large part to pass the Medicaid reform.
    "Details missing as vote nears on Medicaid reform". There's a serious problem here, as the PBP editorial board observes:
    Not surprisingly, many administrative details are uncertain as Florida prepares an unprecedented change to its Medicaid program starting July 1. But when the Legislature meets today in a special session to enact the first stages of Medicaid privatization, it will not have the key factor: the budget. ...

    Senators have approached the change with appropriate caution. The uncertainty in the proposal has stoked fears among patients, and the absence of crucial financial details does not inspire confidence that the change will benefit beneficiaries - or even significantly help the state's bottom line. It's no wonder that lawmakers can't convince Floridians that the coming Medicaid changes are good. They have yet to be convinced themselves.
    "Medicaid reform doomed without budget to guide it".

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