CONTACT: Mark Hollis
** Statement from House Democratic Leader Pro Tempore Mia L. Jones **
Quality Care Assurances Sought By Federal Health Officials in State’s Pending Medicaid Waiver
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida health officials received notice from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services that a request to radically overhaul Florida’s Medicaid program has, thus far, failed to demonstrate that it would adequately guarantee health care access and quality to Florida’s most-vulnerable population.
Representative Mia L. Jones, the House Democratic Leader pro tempore and Democratic Ranking Member on the House Health and Services Committee, offered the following comment:
“It is vital that changes to Florida’s system of health care delivery maintain a focus on quality care and patient protection. It is reassuring that concerns that have been raised frequently by Florida House Democratic Caucus members are echoed in today’s letter from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
“Specifically, federal health officials have highlighted the importance that the Medicaid program incorporates data driven achievable goals and strategies, rigorous and independent evaluation, and robust community input from beneficiaries and other stakeholders.
“Today, CMS Director Cindy Mann offered only a conditional ‘agreement in principle’ and emphasized that Florida has work to do before reaching a final approval on the Medicaid Waiver request.”