Florida's market-driven overhaul of Medicaid won HHS approval, clearing the way for a final review by the state Legislature. The deal includes a guarantee of Medicaid subsidies of up to $1 billion per year for five years for Florida's safety-net hospitals. Gov. Jeb Bush will work with the state's legislative leadership to call a special session to review the plan, said Russell Schweiss, Bush's deputy press secretary. Under the plan, Florida would launch a one-year pilot program in two counties that would shift most Medicaid enrollees into private managed-care plans, provider service networks or require enrollees to use Medicaid funds to subsidize purchase of employer-sponsored insurance. The Legislature would have to approve expanding the program to other counties. -- by Melanie Evans
Fla. gets HHS go-ahead for radical Medicaid overhaul
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