February 21st, 2018
Year after year, the Florida legislative debate rages on: how to best use Medicaid dollars to reimburse hospitals serving Medicaid recipients. This is an arcane subject built on historical funding formulas largely undecipherable by the public.
February 16th, 2018
The Sunshine State’s rate of uninsured residents improved 0.8 percentage points between 2015 and 2016. The only states with worse uninsured rates than Florida are Georgia (12.9 percent), Oklahoma (13.8 percent), Alaska (14.0 percent) and Texas (16.6 percent).
February 9th, 2018
The increase in the governor’s budget for the DOC is mainly seen in specialty correctional institutions, health services, adult male custody operations and basic education skills programs. Equally significant is the proposed increase for salaries and benefits for most security and institutional operations programs.
February 9th, 2018
Florida spends less on public services than any other state, as measured by recent Kaiser Family Foundation data on total state expenditures per capita. The Sunshine State spends $3,509 per capita, which is 13 percent less than Missouri, the second-lowest ranked state in this category.
February 5th, 2018
The poverty rate in Florida would be much higher without federal and state safety net programs; in fact, poverty-reduction services lift an estimated 2.9 million residents above the FPL each year.
February 3rd, 2018
The Florida House and Senate have released their proposed budgets for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19, which total $87.2 billion and $87.3 billion, respectively. As in previous years, there is a lot to unpack.
January 21st, 2018
A new Florida Policy Institute (FPI) report projects net state budget savings of a half billion dollars if Florida expands its Medicaid program. Under the Affordable Care Act, the state can tap into billions of new federal Medicaid dollars if it opts to cover more than 500,000 low-income uninsured Floridians.
January 16th, 2018
A recurring item targeted for the Florida Medicaid chopping block is “Retroactive Medicaid Eligibility.” Unfortunately, this technical “insurance-speak” term masks the overwhelming value of this benefit for thousands of Florida families and their loved ones facing sudden, unexpected illnesses and medical crises.
January 4th, 2018
Despite a decline in the state’s child poverty rate in recent years, current federal proposals could affect Florida’s progress in reducing the number of children living below the FPL. These include proposed cuts to food assistance and capping or cutting Medicaid.
December 29th, 2017
The Florida Policy Institute has compiled county-level fact sheets that highlight the importance of Medicaid to local residents and key health care indicators that would likely worsen if counties are faced with capped Medicaid funding and cuts.
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