In Medicaid changes,  HMOs rule

By Jim Saunders


 Health News Florida

Senate leaders began rolling out a plan to transform the Medicaid system Tuesday with a threat: If Washington doesn’t go along, Florida could give up billions of dollars in federal money and run the program itself. The plan, outlined during a special meeting in the Senate chambers, would shift hundreds of thousands of low-income Floridians into private managed-care plans. It would exempt certain people with disabilities, while also placing tough requirements on HMOs and shielding doctors from malpractice lawsuits when they treat Medicaid patients.   To read the remaining text go to: