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Trial puts focus on kids' care in Florida

Miami Herald, December 8, 2009

Speaking at a conference on Medicaid in June 2007, Florida's healthcare chief at the time, Andrew Agwunobi, MD, bemoaned the "critical" shortage of doctors willing to accept payment from the state's insurance program for the needy. But two years later, under questioning from lawyers who sued seeking to reform the insurance program, Agwunobi repeatedly insisted he couldn't recall whether there were enough doctors who accept Medicaid reimbursement. Agwunobi's 2009 deposition, played on a video screen opposite the speech he made two years earlier, was included in the opening statements at a federal trial that began in Miami, the Miami Herald reports. Nine children are named as plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit.