Waving Cautionary Flags: Initial Reactions from Doctors and Patients to Florida’s Medicaid Changes

This issue brief explores the initial reactions and experiences of Medicaid beneficiaries and doctors participating in Florida’s Medicaid reform program that began enrollment in two pilot counties in September 2006. It reports that provider participation is declining and that the reform program has made Medicaid more complex. It also highlights that children are the largest group enrolled in the reform plan, raising concerns that children’s access to care may be worsening.

This issue brief was released as part of the Assessing Florida’s Medicaid Reform project, conducted by researchers at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute and funded by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.



Joan Alker
Joan Alker is the Executive Director of the Center for Children and Families and a Research Professor at the Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy