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Florida Rick Scott Announced announced on February 20th 2013 the support of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion provision, and that he would back the expansion in Florida. Governor Scott a staunch opposition of Obamacare, and the Health Care Reform act surprised many in his party by changing his views to accept the Medicaid Provision of Obamacare to back the expansion, Scott a former private health-care executive based the launch of his political career through his opposition to Obamacare. Scott’s decision follows Governor Janice Brewers announcement regarding Medicaid Expansion in Arizona.
While the Obamacare provision of Medicaid expansion is still seen as a very tough sell to the majority of republican governors who continue to say Medicaid Expansion will allow the president and his administration to expand an entitlement program that may not be sustainable in the long run. The latest’s Governors doing about face such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Scott within one week of each other is starting to raise question on how this will play out.
Gov. Rick Scott in a speech calls for Florida lawmakers to expand the state’s Medicaid program under Obamacare came as a pleasant shock. After all, the former private health-care executive launched his political career with his opposition to the federal health-care reform law.
Scott’s recommendation would make medical coverage available to about 3.8 million uninsured Floridians under Medicaid, the federal- and state-funded program for the poor. The governor said he could not “in good conscience deny Floridians that need it access to health care
In Florida an estimated 3,800,000 people are uninsured mostly adults who would be eligible for Medicaid under the Medicaid Expansion of the Affordable Care Act. When the state partakes in Medicaid Expansion. Florida has one of the highest numbers of uninsured individuals within the United States, only California and Texas had more uninsured individuals than Florida.
When Florida expands Medicaid as part of Medicaid Expansion, an estimated 1,300,000 adults will newly enroll into the program by the end of 2022. This includes the adults who will be eligible as a result of the changed requirements as part of the Medicaid expansion, provision of the Affordable Care Act.
Florida will spend in the range of $5.4 Billion in 2014 through 2022 to cover new enrollees by the end of the first 8 years of the Medicaid expansion. Florida will receive $66.1 billion from the federal government over that period to fund the expansion