Medically Needy program: Florida wants to charge monthly fee

Florida wants to charge monthly fee for medically needy

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Florida health officials are moving tens of thousands of Medicaid patients with serious medical conditions into managed care plans. But health care plans are worried the patients won't be able to afford the proposed monthly premiums which could lead to lapses in care.

The state pays the monthly medical bills of more than 250,000 patients a year with high health care costs under the Medically Needy program. The state wants those patients to start paying roughly $120 a month to receive services. If they can't pay, they would be kicked out of the program after 90 days and would have to re-qualify.

Advocates worry the change could lead to lapses in care.

Health plans estimate it could cost them $97.8 million a year to cover patients during those 90-days.

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