Florida’s Medicaid Expansion Decision: A Clash of Politics, People and Perceptions

Florida’s Medicaid Expansion Decision: A Clash of Politics, People and Perceptions

Some offers are easy to reject using just common sense, like trying to decide whether or not to buy a pregnancy test at a Dollar Store. I had assumed that the decision regarding taking billions of federal funds for Medicaid Expansion was in that same category, but for many legislators, the choice is not so straight-forward.

For many on the consumer side, it seems just that simple. If you are low income and you cannot afford to buy private insurance, or you are a small business, aware of the upcoming mandate, and you employ more than 50 full-time, low-wage employees, the Medicaid Expansion will open the safety net for you or your employees. Then you can go to the doctor to maintain your health or the health of your employees and be happier, healthier and more productive.

To the bean-counters and finance majors, it seems like a pretty solid deal, too. For the first three years, the Feds will pay for 100 percent of the cost of the Medicaid Expansion, and slowly creep down to 90 percent in year ten. That means that for every dollar the state puts out for this program, the federal government will leverage it with $9.51.

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