27 Sep Florida to seek more funds to help hospitals service low-income patients
Florida will seek federal approval to expand funding for a program that is critical to hospitals serving large numbers of low-income and uninsured patients, the state Medicaid director told lawmakers Tuesday.
The $1-billion-a-year “Low Income Pool” program will come up for federal renewal in 2014, and Justin Senior, deputy secretary for Medicaid at the state Agency for Health Care Administration, said Florida will seek to boost the amount of money – possibly to about $3 billion a year.
Expires next June
The Low Income Pool, or LIP, program began in 2006 and funnels additional money to hospitals and other health-care providers that serve large numbers of poor and uninsured people. In the program, local governments and taxing districts put up money, which draws down federal matching funds.