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The legislature's Medicaid dilemma: Meet some of the lives in the balance

Faces of MedicaidFlorida’s Medicaid system today serves more than 3 million people, about one in every six Floridians. The decision whether to expand the system by a full third will be made by men and women in suits in Tallahassee’s mural-filled chambers this spring.

But the impact is elsewhere, in children’s hospitals in Tampa and Miami, in doctors’ offices in New Port Richey and in the home of a woman who recently lost her full-time teaching job. Here are some of the names and faces of people whose health care future is in the hands of Florida's lawmakers.

Photo: Nancy Fraze was making too much money waitressing to be eligible for Medicaid. So she quit her job. Her son, Dustin Rozwarski, 16, has severe allergies and asthma and requires expensive care. MAURICE RIVENBARK / TAMPA BAY TIMES

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/23/v-fullstory/3250065/the-faces-of-floridas-medicaid.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/23/v-fullstory/3250065/the-faces-of-floridas-medicaid.html#storylink=cpy


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Every press person in Florida covering the question of whether or not the state should expand another big government health spending program should read this excellent reporting on Medicare abuse via hospital billing at Time Magazine http://ti.me/15wrtfl

Pat Kelley

According to the Newsweek report Medicare (big gov't) gets a much better price break than private insurance and certainly much better than an uninsured citizen. The free market in the health care industry has not served us well. The bureaucracy of corporate medicine is a killer.

terry amble

Yeah except now, due to more big gov't stances, less doctors are willing to take on patients that have Medicaid... do you know how long a doctor has to get paid for services rendered for Medicaid? I guess they should be happy with getting paid eventually eh? I sure as hell wouldn't be a doctor in this day and age...they are the next in line to be homeless at this rate!

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