Who’s to blame for Florida’s rising Medicaid costs?

“Gov. Scott is responsible for running Florida’s Medicaid program not President Obama,”

said Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.

“In fact last year, while running for re-election Gov. Scott touted his transformation of Florida’s Medicaid program by rolling out statewide managed care and promised more transparency, better health care, and cost predictability.”


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is blaming rising Medicaid costs on President Barack Obama’s health law, even though the state’s top economist said the two were not related.

State economists estimated Tuesday that the safety net health care program will rise in 2016-2017 to a total of $24.8 billion, a cost that would require Florida legislators to come up with $579 million in state money alone to fill the gap.


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