Senator Audrey Gibson expresses concern about Medicaid tiering formula which will hurt teaching and children’s hospitals
TALLAHASSEE - As Budget conference begins, Senator Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) has expressed concerns about a Medicaid tiering formula that will affect Safety Net Hospitals in the state beginning July 1, 2014. Under the formulas the six largest teaching hospitals will be cut nearly $293.3 million with children’s hospitals adding an additional negative $-123 million to the cut.
The affect is due to arbitrary provisions passed into law three years ago the law requires a legislative fix to address the funding issue.
“It has been brought to my attention that all of our safety net and children’s hospitals will be grossly negatively impacted by a tiering formula that severely reduces their funding and ability to provide medical care,” said Senator Gibson.
In Jacksonville, UF Health (Shands) alone will experience at least a $38 million deficit in funding, affecting some 6,000-7,000 people a year who are seeking lifesaving healthcare, in addition to those caught in the insurance “hole” because of the state’s lack of expanding Medicaid. Further, an estimated 5,000 employees would be impacted at UF Health (Shands) because of this formula.
These numbers would be multiplied many times over in the state considering the number of “safety net” and children’s hospitals.
“I have spoken to my Health and Human Services Appropriations Chair, and am hopeful that we can find a fix for this most detrimental circumstance,” Gibson said.