Feds to Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Want money? Expand Medicaid

Federal health officials this week said that if Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) wants more hospital funds, the state needs to expand its Medicaid program, reported the Associated Press. The drama centers on the state's budget. The Senate passed a budget that includes a new hospital-funding model and expands coverage for more than 800,000 Floridians. The House budget, however, is $4 billion less and does not include plans to expand Medicaid. Federal health officials said that Medicaid expansion is linked directly to hospital funding because the program would provide hospitals with more paying customers. Two years ago, Scott supported expanding the program but recently voiced his opposition against it. Article