Feds question Florida’s Medicaid privatization plans

By  | 03.14.12 | 2:42 pm

Months after the state of Florida submitted its plans to privatize most of its Medicaid program, the federal government is still asking the state to explain the feasibility of those plans.

The News Service of Florida is reporting that the federal government sent a list of questions to the state regarding its plans to move most of its Medicaid recipients to privately-managed care plans. The state must garner approval from a federal agency before moving forward with its plans.

According to the News Service:

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent a list of questions in January, more than five months after Florida submitted proposals to shift hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries into HMOs and other managed-care plans.

Questions touched on a wide range of issues, including safeguards that the state will put in place as it contracts with HMOs.

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