Report: Florida signs $36 million Medicaid contract

Jun 7, 2012

The following article was published in The Florida Current on June 7, 2012:

Report:  State signs $36 million Medicaid contract

The Agency for Health Care Administration has signed a $36 million contract with a health plan that will transition rural Medicaid patients and their doctors into a managed care system, Health News Florida reports.

The Coral Gables-based Better Health says it will allow doctors in the 31 counties covered by the project to continue receiving fees through Medipass and will try to make itself “invisible” to patients, according to the report.

Legislation passed in 2011 will shift the state’s Medicaid patients into managed care by 2014 if the plan is approved by the federal government.

The measure preserves the Medipass program, in which doctors guide patient care for a monthly fee, in the mostly rural counties that have not attracted more than two plans or provider networks.

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