Scott and GOP governors push Congress to let them redesign Medicaidby John Kennedy | June 13th, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott and 28 other Republican governors added their names Monday to a letter urging congressional leaders to give states more authority to craft their own health insurance program for low-income, disabled and elderly residents.
The governors said the first step toward revamping Medicaid is to repeal the health care overhaul approved by Congress at the urging of President Obama. The same states are among those suing in federal court to overturn the 2010 measure, which the governors say will only add to rising costs.
”States should not have to seek waivers to manage their unique programs,” the governors wrote. “We must reassess and focus our efforts on reshaping how health care is delivered through innovation, creativity and responsibility –all demonstrated capabilities of states.
“ We must bring the antiquated Medicaid program into the 21st century and secure the program’s long-term integrity,” they added.
Although by adding his name to the list of GOP governors, Scott is deriding the need to gain federal approval, Florida plans to submit an application by Aug. 1 for just such permission. The Legislature this spring passed a Medicaid overhaul that will steer almost 3 million Floridians into managed care programs, beginning in 2013.
A public hearing on the Medicaid rewrite is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday in West Palm Beach at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport hotel, 150 Australian Ave.