Bradenton Herald, April 16, 2014
With the federal government making clear last week that no new Medicaid money is coming Florida's way, legislators say it's important they re-evaluate a new funding model that safety-net hospitals say will cost them hundreds of millions of dollars a year. "Tiering" is set to take effect in July unless the law is changed before session ends May 2. It requires counties that use local dollars to draw down more federal money for hospitals to begin sharing that money statewide. Lawmakers in charge of crafting the budget say changes to the new funding model, or at least a delay, will be at the top of their healthcare agenda when negotiations begin next week.