The Florida Legislature gave the state Agency for Health Care Administration the go-ahead to draft Medicaid reforms allowing managed-care plans greater flexibility in designing benefits. The bill awaits the signature of Gov. Jeb Bush. The Legislature, however, retained "strong oversight" over benefits and provider payments, said Paul Belcher, senior vice president at the Florida Hospital Association. Any Florida reform plan that wins CMS approval also must be approved by the Legislature before it can be implemented, Belcher said. Reforms would be tested in pilot projects in Broward and Duvall counties before being rolled out statewide. -- by Melanie Evans
Fla. lawmakers give go-ahead for Medicaid reform
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