Florida’s Medicaid Privatization Scheme May Reduce Access To Family Planning Services

Earlier this summer, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a landmark Medicaid overhaul that will move hundreds of thousands of low-income and elderly Floridians into private managed-care plans operating in Medicaid. The reforms still have to be approved by the federal government — which finances half of the program — but now some pro-choice groups are raising concerns about the measure. As Florida Independent’s Ashley Lopez reports, while insurers have to cover family planning services, the law allows providers not to offer the benefits “due to an objection on moral or religious grounds.” Should that happen, women would be able to use a “fee for service” program, the state health agency says, but it is still not clear how this program will work.