Medicaid managed care ready to move forward
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration recently said it has received federal approval of a plan to start rolling out a new statewide Medicaid managed-care system in May. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved a schedule that shows the state will move forward with the system incrementally in different regions of the state. The implementation will start May 1 in three regions that include 37 counties across most of North Florida and parts of north-central Florida. It would move into additional regions June 1, July 1 and Aug. 1. AHCA has already gone through a similar process to shift seniors who need long term care into Medicaid managed-care plans. The long-term care changes began last year and will move into their final regions March 1. But the rollout starting in May will affect a far-broader group of Medicaid beneficiaries. When the process is finished, AHCA said 83 percent of the state's 3.5 million Medicaid beneficiaries are expected to be enrolled in managed-care plans for acute care. Lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott in 2011 approved a long-debated proposal to create the statewide managed-care system.
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