New York Times’ Kevin Sack reminds us that Florida — which has the country’s fourth-highest unemployment rate, its second-highest rate of people without insurance and a $3.7 billion budget gap this year — is still turning away millions of dollars in health care grants from the federal government because it opposes the Affordable Care Act. A list of some of the grants Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) has rejected:
Meanwhile, Scott approved legislation seeking to privatize the state’s Medicaid program. If approved by the federal government, the new law would require “most of the state’s 3 million Medicaid enrollees to join private health plans after July 1, 2012.” The proposal “gives managed care companies more control over the program that’s paid for with federal and state money.” Reports have suggested that Scott’s companies could stand to benefit from the proposal.