Florida Gov. Rick Scott has assembled a commission to survey the healthcare and hospital economics in the state, and none of the appointees are hospital executives or lawmakers. The nine-person panel will make recommendations to a special legislative session called to pass the state budget.
The appointments to the Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding include one physician and a mix of local business leaders. Scott said he created the panel to help end a stalemate over whether the state should expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act.
The Obama administration has not yet ruled on the state's application to extend federal funding that subsidizes healthcare services for Florida's low-income residents, known as the low-income pool, beyond the June 30 expiration date. HHS officials have said the state's extension application is missing key components that federal officials will need to consider when deciding on the program's future.
Scott also sent the Florida Hospital Association and state hospital officials a letter proposing that hospitals share a portion of their revenue with each other to support care for low-income patients if HHS ends the state's $2.2 billion low-income pool program. —Michael Sandler