Florida gets approval for private Medicaid expansion

Florida received final approval from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to implement the overhaul of its Medicaid program, which would require beneficiaries to enroll managed care plans operated by private insurers, reported the Orlando Sentinel. Almost 3 million Medicaid members are eligible for the private expansion that could launch next January. HHS issued its approval after Florida agreed to several regulatory changes, including implementing a "rapid cycle" response to consumer complaints and requiring insurers spend at least 85 percent of premiums on medical care. The "final approval of our Medicaid managed care waiver is a huge win for Florida families because it will improve the coordination of care throughout the Medicaid system," Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) said in a statement. Article