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Healthcare groups ramp up criticism of proposed hospital cuts

A long list of healthcare advocacy organizations have joined together to lobby against proposed budget cuts they say will be devastating to hospitals and have a trickle down effect to Florida families.

Operating as “The Coalition to Heal Healthcare in Florida,” the 64 partners include organizations representing hospitals, medical professionals, educators, and niche groups like the American Cancer Society’s Florida Division.

The coalition’s main focus has been advocating against proposed cuts to Medicaid reimbursement rates for hospitals. These reductions, added to cuts implemented in previous years, could affect quality of care statewide, the group has argued through a series of press conferences, news releases and videos that encourage people to lobby lawmakers to oppose the budget reductions.

Tampa resident Tish West and her 15-year-old daughter Caroline are featured in videos sharing their story of Caroline’s lifelong battle against a rare neurological disease called alternating hemiplegia of childhood. Caroline gets most of her treatment at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital's Chronic Complex Clinic. Her family used Medicaid to supplement their private health insurance as Caroline's hospital bills piled up.