January 28, 2021 (Tallahassee, FL) -- The Florida Hospital Association today issued the following statement from President and CEO Mary Mayhew in response to the governor's FY 2021-2022 budget recommendations.
"Over the past year, Florida's frontline hospital staff have shown tremendous courage, passion, and skill providing invaluable care to those facing the deadly virus while continuing to serve the people in their communities," said Mayhew. "The Florida Hospital Association applauds Governor DeSantis' commitment to ensuring our state's hospitals have the funds to provide quality care to the patients they serve."
Governor Ron DeSantis' recommended budget includes a 17.18% general revenue increase for the Agency for Healthcare Administration and no cuts to Florida hospitals. This budget proposal also includes an overall increase of $3 billion to the state's Medicaid budget.
Between February 2020 and December 2020, Florida's Medicaid program enrolled more than 750,000 new individuals under unchanged eligibility requirements.
Over the coming months, the Florida Hospital Association will continue to work with state lawmakers and members of Congress to ensure that Florida's hospitals and health systems have the resources they need to serve their patients and communities.
About the Florida Hospital Association
Founded in 1927, the Florida Hospital Association is the leading voice for health care in the State of Florida. Through representation and advocacy, education and informational services, the Florida Hospital Association supports the mission of over 200 hospitals and health care systems to provide the highest quality of care to the patients we serve. Led by President and CEO Mary Mayhew, the Florida Hospital Association has offices in Tallahassee and Orlando and is governed by a Board of Trustees and officers elected by the member institutions. For more information, visit www.fha.org.