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Good news, perhaps, for Fla. hospitals serving the poor

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The Miami Herald reports that Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposes to repeal  the state’s “hospital tiering” law set to take effect later this year. ”Under the controversial policy, counties that use local dollars to attract federal matching funds for healthcare would have to share the money with counties that don’t raise local funds.”

”Hospitals …. that serve a large number of poor and uninsured patients say the new funding formula would cost them millions.”

“Florida will soon lose access to the special pot of federal money known as the Low Income Pool under an agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…. Scott has said he hopes to negotiate an agreement to keep the money in place next year. If the funding falls through, he has recommended using trust fund money to cover the gap.”


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