The Florida Senate will take up the state-county Medicaid relationship on Tuesday, April 16 at 1:30 pm. A proposed committee bill (SB 7156) Relating to County Contributions to Medicaid will be considered by the Senate Health Policy Committee, chaired by Senator Aaron Bean.

Medicaid within Florida is changing through the implementation of Statewide Medicaid Managed Care, a Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) reimbursement system and a potential Florida alternative to Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act.  Florida statute currently requires counties to pay a portion of the State’s share for certain Medicaid services. With the onset of these program changes, the Legislature intends to revise the methodology for determining county contributions to Medicaid, effective July 1, 2013. The proposed committee bill is expected to be published on Friday, April 12. FAC staff will provide an analysis as soon as the proposed bill becomes available.

In the House, the Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will take up a proposed committee bill creating the Florida Health Choices Plus Program as an alternative to Medicaid expansion.