Earlier this week, Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties joined counties across the state in a lawsuit against the new state Medicaid law (House Bill 5301) that would withhold millions of dollars from counties that may owe the state for health-care facility costs for residents who are Medicaid beneficiaries. I voted against the bill in the Senate this past Legislative Session because of the economic impact it would have on our counties, and because of the many concerns over possible flaws in the Medicaid billing system that may be accounting for exaggerated and undue costs to our counties.
As I have stated before, I look forward to working with our county officials and the Agency for Health Care Administration to make sure that any and all disputes over the Medicaid billing practices are resolved. In case you missed it, I encourage you to read the below article on the current situation and steps to follow as the case moves through the judicial process.
Escambia, Santa Rosa and 45 Other Counties Sue Over Medicaid Law NorthEscambia
As you may already know, the Supreme Court has upheld the new Senate District maps that were submitted by the Legislature after returning to Tallahassee for an Extraordinary Session to resolve the Court’s concerns over some of the district lines that were originally drawn. Now that the maps have been approved, I look forward to seeing you all on the campaign trail as we set eyes on the November 2012 elections and the opportunity to, once again, serve and represent the people of Senate District 2 in Tallahassee. If you are interested in reviewing the maps that have been approved by the Supreme Court, you can do so by visiting http://flsenate.gov/session/redistricting/.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my district office at (850) 689-0556.