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AARP latest to weigh in against state’s Medicaid overhaul

by John Kennedy | November 3rd, 2011

AARP  became the latest organization to fire off a letter urging federal authorities to reject the vast Medicaid overhaul approved by the state’s Republican-ruled Legislature last spring.

House Democrats, the Florida Medical Association, and the National Community Pharmacists Association are among dozens of groups that already have written the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) demanding it reject the state’s proposal to shift almost 3 million low-income, elderly and disabled Floridians into managed care programs.

The waiver sought by the state builds on a five-county pilot program started by former Gov. Jeb Bush. The program, which includes Broward County, has drawn criticism from patients who complain about being switched from one plan to another, or trouble seeing needed specialty doctors. Analysts have also given the pilot mixed reviews for its cost-savings and quality.

AARP, in a letter dated Wednesday, cites that performance, saying the state’s bid for federal approval for a waiver from existing requirements, “neither addresses the shortcomings of the current pilot program, nor recognizes the need for both a strong state oversight and a robust network of providers throughout the state.”

Joyce Rogers, an AARP senior vice-president, concluded the expansion also, “would place the state’s frailest and most vulnerable residents into a longterm managed care program that the state is not ready to operate.”

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6 Responses to “AARP latest to weigh in against state’s Medicaid overhaul”

  1. Same Old, Same Old Says:

    Has anyone else noticed how the Putz has recently slipped to the bottom of the tank by not only deleting individual reader comments that counter their biased point of view in a specific article but will also instantly delete whole links when citizen comments quickly challenge and override their slant on the story?

    Have ALL the editors with journalistic integrity now left this sinking publication?

    I love it!

    Tis even more evidence to show how desperate the main stream liberal press and the openly avowed socialists are with their continuous stream of lies, alleged this-that-or-the-other attack ads, dirty tricks and so on in their attempt to destroy a traditionally accomplished strong man hero who opposes them and represents the majority of appreciative productive people in our country.

    We are sick of them . . . and ready to Raise Cain!

  2. NO to AARP Says:

    AARP=Endorses ObamaCare and donates your dues to democrats.

    Seek a refund. The CEO of AARP has received bonuses.

  3. Ms Vicky Says:

    Dear Same Old, Same old,
    Whom exactly is your “… traditionally accomplished strong man hero”? Herman Cain? Rick Scott? Jeb Bush? Perhaps Rush Limbaugh is also one of your “accomplished strong man” heroes. After all, he is off his illegal drugs now, hopefully. Stop watching all the rasslin’ and propaganda on Fox News and get back on your meds, PLEASE! This socialist BS is really getting old. Me thinks your party has enough inside “dirty tricks” and lies to contend with, or are you just projecting your own insecurities?

  4. howie Says:

    AARP is a wing of the Democrat party and should lose its tax exempt status.

  5. Ms Vicky Says:

    @Howie, many AARP members probably are Democrats, but there must also be many Republican and Independent members. This organization advocates for retired and elderly, not political groups, so they should not lose tax exempt status; on the other hand, if you’re a Republican, you most likely would not want to go there as many of the huge religious institutions specifically dedicate their ministries to Republicans…eh?

  6. zukotan Says:

    Thanks very hope

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