Obama administration offers Florida $1.6 billion for hospital funding

The Obama administration appeared to offer Florida a compromise Thursday regarding the ongoing debate over the state's federal funding request for its Low-Income Pool (LIP) and its opposition to Medicaid expansion, reported the New York Times. In a letter to Florida health officials, the administration said it would provide the state with $1 billion for the 2015 fiscal year and $600 million for the 2016 fiscal year to reimburse hospitals for treating patients who do not have insurance. The $1 billion is less than half of what Florida previously had requested for its LIP. However, before it could receive final federal approval, the state would have to resubmit its proposal to reflect the lower amounts. Article