MIAMI, FL - JUNE 12: Governor Rick Scott greets people during a bill signing ceremony for House Bill 99, the Florida Safe Harbor Act and House Bill 7049, Human Trafficking, at the Kristi House in Miami. on June 12, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The Governor is in a legal battle with the U.S. Justice Department over the state's effort to remove non-U.S. citizens from lists of registered voters ahead of this year's presidential election. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The central pillar of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s protest to implementing the federal healthcare law in Florida is seeing a big change.
Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration has released a new projection on the cost of implementing portions of the federal law in the state, and it’s tens of billions of dollars different. The agency, which reported last month that it could cost Florida $26 billion to expand Medicaid, now says that cost may be as low as $3-5 billion.
Scott has come under fire recently for standing by the figure, which many- including some of your lawmakers- considered to be inflated. State budget analysts joined the debate, questioning some of the assumptions AHCA had used in their initial estimate.
The agency did not initially include the entire cost the federal government claimed it would shoulder- 100% of the cost for the first three years and 90% of costs later. They used much lower projections for what the federal government would honor. Some lawmakers are still concerned, saying the federal government doesn’t always provide the full sum promised, and Governor Scott believes the final tab will be higher than this newest estimate.