Senate gives counties breathing room on Medicaid’s additional annual costs?

The Florida Senate on Tuesday modified a bill overhauling the way counties will be required to pay the state for certain Medicaid expenses, and although the new legislation will still ultimately cost Taylor County taxpayers more than $100,000 annually in additional expenses, that increase will now be spread over a seven-year period rather than hitting in a single year.

The Senate Appropriations committee unanimously (17-0) approved an amendment to SB 1884 which replaced the entire language approved April 23, adding in a transition period for counties to adjust to the new payment scheme.

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