Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday that he won't pursue expanding the state's Medicaid program to help cover the uninsured as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. (Tenn. gov.
Florida Medical Association's insight:
Florida lawmakers have soundly rejected the idea of expanding Florida's existing Medicaid program. However, leaders in both chambers have also committed to exploring other proposals that would expand coverage outside of Medicaid. Governor Scott continues to support an expansion of Medicaid for the three year period that is funded entirely by the federal government, but has indicated that he may support other alternatives.
Consequently, the Florida Legislature is currently fielding multiple proposals that would provide healthcare to the estimated 900,000 Floridians that would be covered under Medicaid expansion. While lawmakers are still in the early stages of evaluating their options, the Florida Medical Association is closely monitoring the situation and will ensure that Florida's physicians have a voice in any legislation that is considered.
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