March 19, 2015

Legislative Session Highlights

This week, much of the Legislature's focus centered on House and Senate budget proposals. Today, the Senate proposed a "Medicaid Sustainability" package , which includes a modified Low Income Pool (LIP) program as well as the  Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange (FHIX) program to provide private health coverage to nearly one million working, uninsured Floridians.  

The Senate's proposal totals $35.2 billion, while the House Proposal released earlier in the week totals $30.2 billion. The overall $5 billion gap is driven by the fact that the House proposal does not include funding for the LIP program nor a private option coverage plan.

More information available in  FHA President's Message to members released earlier today.

Details on additional legislation heard this week will be included in tomorrow's edition of FHA's Capitol Update.  Sign up online to receive the weekly recap of activities during the 2015 Legislative Session.