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Dems slam Medicaid reform as stimulus for Scott's chain of clinics

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February

The Florida Democratic Party took aim today at the Republican "rush to privatize Medicaid."

"It is disappointing that the Republican Legislature is pushing through changes to Medicaid that their own watchdog warned against, while the Republicans continue doing nothing to bring jobs to Florida," FDP Director Scott Arceneaux said in a statement.

"Since this plan doesn’t lower costs or improve access to care, clearly this is simply a Business Plan For Rick Scott’s Solantic. Republicans need to scrap their Business Plan For Rick Scott’s Solantic and start looking for reforms that lower costs and improve access to care."

Solantic is the chain of walk-in clinics that Scott started in Florida. Dems said Solantic would benefit because does not accept traditional Medicaid but would take Medicaid payments from the pilot program the GOP wants to expand statewide. They sent along a quote from a state Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability:

"To date, little data is available to demonstrate that Medicaid reform has improved access to and quality of care … In addition, little data is yet available on whether Medicaid reform has produced cost savings or is more cost-effective than traditional Medicaid. We recommend that the Legislature not expand Medicaid reform until more information is available to evaluate success."

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[Last modified: Thursday, February 17, 2011 1:55pm]

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