Fla., Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion reach agree­ment on fund­ing

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The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion and Florida have reached an agree­ment in prin­ci­ple to con­tinue fund­ing the state’s hos­pi­tal low-in­come pool for two more years but at a much lower level.

Florida will re­ceive $1 bil­lion this year—about half of what it has been re­ceiv­ing—and $600 mil­lion for 201617. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment still must wait un­til the end of a public re­view to is­sue its fi­nal rul­ing. The fight over the funds tore apart Florida’s reg­u­lar leg­isla­tive ses­sion in April over pro­pos­als to ex­pand Med­i­caid cov­er­age and prompted Repub­li­can Gov. Rick Scott to sue the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, con­tend­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s move was an at­tempt at co­er­cion.

Scott cred­ited his law­suit with help­ing to ex­tend the fed­eral fund­ing. He also used the op­por­tu­nity to crit­i­cize hos­pi­tals re­ly­ing on the funds. Scott in re­cent months has be­come in­creas­ingly ad­ver­sar­ial to­ward hos­pi­tals that re­ceive tax dol­lars. He has tried to con­vince law­mak­ers that hos­pi­tals are not as bad off fi­nan­cially as they main­tain. Some hos­pi­tals have said they would be forced to shut down or cut ser­vices with­out the funds.

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