Florida Gov. Rick Scott has released his final veto list for the 2012-13 General Appropriations Act (PDF), including cuts to healthcare funding.
In total, Scott vetoed $142.7 million of the $70 billion budget. Funding for Medicaid represented $21 billion of the Legislature's budget, which was passed March 9.
In a letter to Secretary of State Ken Detzner listing the vetoed items (PDF), Scott wrote that the state will allocate funding for Diagnosis Related Groups, a prospective payment system already in use by Medicare and more than 30 states. The goal is to address two legislative priorities: cost containment for Medicaid and developing a “fair and equitable system” for hospital reimbursement, he wrote.