Palm Beach Post, December 16, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott hailed the Obama administration's approval Thursday of a two-year extension of the Medicaid managed-care effort underway in Broward and four other Florida counties since 2006. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the state's bid to continue the pilot project, which supporters and some analysts have credited with saving money and improving patient health care. But the HMO-styled coverage has been criticized by many treated within the program, who complain about being forced to change doctors, travel far distances to see specialty physicians or change prescription coverage.