Florida Medical Association Backs Medicaid Expansion
The powerful Florida Medical Association has come out in support of expanding Medicaid to roughly 1 million Floridians, choosing sides in a controversial political issue that has divided state lawmakers.
Increased access to care will only come “if there are adequate numbers of physicians to care for these patients,” the organization said in a written statement, adding that current reimbursement rates are “grossly inadequate and serve as a disincentive to physician participation.”
The debate over Medicaid expansion, a key part of President Obama’s health law, has been contentious in Florida. The Sunshine State has one of the highest uninsured rates in the country. That pent-up demand was clear as nearly 1 million Floridians bought private insurance through the federal health marketplace. But another million fell into a gap: too poor to qualify for tax credits in the marketplace, yet earning too much to qualify for Medicaid.
Another win, win for the President of the United States of America, another loss for the House and congress of the United States of America.