The Miami Herald, December 9, 2011
Jackson Health System stands to lose $133.5 million in Medicaid funds under the proposed budget of Gov. Rick Scott, according to a study released Thursday by the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida. That would make Jackson the biggest loser among the state's hospitals as the governor attempts to balance the budget by reducing reimbursement rates for the state-federal insurance for the poor. Scott is also suggesting that the maximum allowable in-patient days that Medicaid will pay will be reduced from 45 to 23, the alliance said. The alliance analysis estimated Memorial Healthcare in South Broward could lose $58 million, Broward Health in North Broward could lose $42 million and Miami Children's could lose $34 million.