The Legislature's inability to expand Medicaid access under the federal Affordable Care Act will have far-reaching social and economic impacts, and could well affect next year's gubernatorial and legislative elections,chanelbagsrose
Gov. Rick Scott could still call a special session to address Medicaid expansion, but he probably won't. After reversing his previous stance and supporting expansion before the start of the session,chanel outlet
, Scott did little to force the issue.
After the session ended Friday, Scott was asked if he might call a special session on Medicaid. Scott replied meekly,true religion jeans
, "The Legislature made their decision. They said no."
That decision, if it stands,longchamppascherrose.com
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Among other things:
More than a million Floridians -- 35,000 in Sarasota and Manatee counties -- will remain without health insurance. They'll still get sick or injured, but instead of getting treatment they'll drag themselves into work or school, affecting the health and productivity of others. Or they'll end up in emergency rooms,jk/oa/rz
, receiving costly care at the hospitals' expense.
Hospitals and other health-care provider will continue to spend millions in charity health care, instead of being reimbursed in part through Medicaid,have learned they can post a photo
. Floridians who have health insurance will pay higher costs and taxes to compensate for the losses.
Florida will not benefit from an estimated 120,000 new jobs, many of them in health care, that were anticipated as a result of the $51 billion in federal funds that would flow into the state over the next decade through Medicaid expansion.
Starting next year, Florida businesses will pay an estimated $146 million a year in penalties if employees, who would have been eligible for Medicaid, buy insurance instead through ACA-established health care exchanges.
The potential impacts on businesses and the state's economy may be the impetus that forces Scott and the Republican-controlled Legislature to demonstrate the leadership on this issue that's been lacking so far.
Scott and the state Senate, for their part, appeared willing to fashion an alternative plan that would use federal funds to subsidize expanded Medicaid coverage through private insurers. The ACA requires the federal government to pay 100 percent of the cost of expansion for the first three years and 90 percent thereafter.
The House,chanel sunglasses
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If the business community can't sway the legislators,celine handbags
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A statewide poll in March found that 50 percent of Floridians support expansion, while 40 percent opposed it. Previous polls, by the Florida Hospital Association and a business advocacy group, cited almost 2-to-1 support.
Florida's lawmakers might want to hold back on the high-fives. Medicaid expansion is an issue that won't go away,administrative and operational