Medicaid

Falling Into The Gap
1:41 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Medicaid: For The Loafer-Wearing Special Interests Or For The Neediest Floridians?

Cynthia Louis at a free mobile health clinic, one of the few places she can go to get health care as a person in the "coverage gap."
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This is the fourth and final part of our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

Cynthia Louis is a big fan of President Obama. A collage of pictures of the president is propped up against the living room wall along with pictures of her children and a certificate of appreciation from her church.

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Newscast
7:24 am
Fri April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015: Fight Over Medicaid Expansion Threatens To Extend Legislative Session

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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News
11:57 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott To Sue Feds Over Hospital Funding, Medicaid Expansion

An undated photo of Gov. Rick Scott.
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Republican Gov. Rick Scott plans to sue the federal government for allegedly coercing Florida to expand Medicaid, his office said Thursday.

"It is appalling that President Obama would cut off federal healthcare dollars to Florida in an effort to force our state further into Obamacare," Scott said in a statement.

The announcement is but the latest round in an ongoing spat between Scott and the feds.

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Health Care
9:39 am
Thu April 16, 2015

'Young Invincibles' Demand Medicaid

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  The "Young Invincibles" is an ironic demographic designation for young people who think they will never get sick, will never buy health insurance and will therefore bring down Obamacare.

But Cristina Calvillo-Rivera, representing the actual Young Invincibles organization, says Florida's 300,000 people of ages 18 through 34 do want care, are less likely to get it, and more likely to have medical debt.

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Politics
11:12 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Florida Roundup: U.S. And Cuba At The Summit

  On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's top news with area journalists. 

Summit of the Americas

The State Department recommended this week removing Cuba from the U.S. list of countries that sponsor terrorism - a move that could speed up normalizing relations with the island. Though no formal announcement has been made yet to remove Cuba from the list, Obama said a decision on it would be soon. The two leaders will be together at the Summit of the Americas for the first time.

Presidential Aspirations

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Medicaid Expansion
4:57 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Rick Scott Says Feds Can't Be Trusted To Pay For Medicaid

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott stopped shy of saying he would veto an expansion to Medicaid.

Speaking to reporters in Orlando this week, Scott said the federal government can’t be trusted to pay for Medicaid.

But when pressed, he stopped short of saying he would veto an expansion to the health insurance program for the poor.

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Medicaid Expansion
11:35 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Want To Partner With Florida To Lower Health Care Costs

Patrick Conway, chief medical officer for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, speaking with Donna Shalala, president of University of Miami at the university's annual health care conference this year.
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The Florida Legislature is debating on whether to expand Medicaid. About two weeks ago, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that would expand health care coverage to about 800,000 low-income Floridians using billions in federal dollars.

And the U.S. Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services would have to grant the state a waiver to get the federal funds.

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#HealthCare15
11:30 am
Tue March 24, 2015

UM Health Care Conference Highlighted "Disruptive Innovation"

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The University of Miami School of Business hosted its yearly health care conference Monday. The main topic of discussion was “disruptive innovation,” which organizer and professor Steven Ullmann says means "to disrupt how we do health care provision in this country."

Ullmann says the health care system now is fragmented, and that makes it expensive.

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Newscast
7:22 am
Wed March 11, 2015

March 11, 2015: Florida State Senate Committee Supports Medicaid Expansion

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard...

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Florida Legislature
5:17 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Expanded Medicaid's Time May Have Come At Last, Miami-Dade Legisators Say

GOLDEN CARD About a million Floridians who are too poor and too well off at the same time may qualify for one of these after the next legislative session.
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The stars seem to be aligning for Medicaid expansion in the Florida Legislature this year.  After two years of blunt refusals to even consider it, some top Republicans, like Miami State Sen. Anitere Flores are saying the time has come.

"And what's interesting," Flores said after a Monday  interview with the Miami Herald editorial board, "is that you have the buy-in from the business community, from the private sector, from your nontraditional supporters of government funding."

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Medicaid
10:25 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Medicaid Expansion Touted as Good for Business

The Cover the Bay conference featured from left: Jamie Harden, Lou Ann Watson, Bruce Rueben, Anne Drake McMullen and Jay Wolfson
Brian Blanco

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 4:01 pm

Jamie Harden knows firsthand how Florida Legislative leaders feel about Medicaid expansion.  

Last year, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce asked him to join BayCare Health System President Steve Mason at a meeting with legislators and lobby to expand the state’s health insurance program for the poor.

Harden, a Tampa sign company president, said it didn’t go well.

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Health Care
6:34 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Billions Of Dollars At Stake In Medicaid Expansion Choice

TO EXPAND OR NOT Florida and the individual counties would suffer or prosper, according to the decision. For Florida, the difference between the two is $7 billion.
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State health policy experts said Thursday prospects for expanding Medicaid in the Legislature this year remain dim because of unwillingness in the leadership and possibly fatal flaws in the two leading proposals. And those experts warn another refusal could come with a stunning economic cost for Florida.

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Newscast
7:03 am
Fri January 9, 2015

January 9, 2015: Activists Across The State Ask Lawmakers To Expand Medicaid

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Medicaid
4:53 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Federal Judge Rules Florida In Violation Of Medicaid Laws For Kids

A federal judge has ruled Florida's medicaid is in violation of several laws when it comes to medical care for children.
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After nearly a decade-long fight, a federal judge ruled that Florida’s Medicaid program violates several federal laws when it comes to healthcare for children.

Judge Adalberto Jordan found the care provided through the insurance program for the poor failed to “promote quality of care or equal access” for kids.

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Living Wage
4:25 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Report: Florida's Minimum Wage Less Than Half What It Should Be

A new report says Florida's minimum wage is significantly less than what it takes to live in the Sunshine State.
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Just in time for Labor Day, a new report finds that Florida’s minimum wage is less than half what workers need to cover basic expenses.

The report, titled “Families Out Of Balance,” comes from the Alliance for a Just Society, a Seattle-based advocacy group. It finds that a single adult in Florida should make about $16.98 an hour to pay for necessities like rent and utilities. That’s more than double the state’s minimum wage of $7.93.

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