Medicaid is a critical part of Florida’s health care system. It covers 3.1 million people in the state, the majority of whom are children. In 2006, a five-year pilot program that replaced traditional Medicaid with an unusual managed-care model and other features that required a Section 1115 waiver from the federal government. In 2012, there may be significant changes to the state’s Medicaid program due to a combination of factors: a desire to extend the state’s five-year pilot program; a proposed statewide expansion of a modified version of this pilot; and significant changes to the delivery of long-termcare services approved by the Florida Legislature in May 2011. Georgetown Health Policy Institute researchers Joan Alker and Jack Hoadley, with support from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and the Winter Park Health Foundation, provide an update on possible changes in 2012 to the Medicaid Program.
For more information on the Health Policy Institute’s project assessing Florida’ Medicaid Reform go to: http://hpi.georgetown.edu/floridamedicaid/.