Death by a Thousand Cuts PDF  | Print |  E-mail

“Do you see them here justifying why they need to continue to have those subsidies? No you do not. They are done in the name of economic development, let me suggest to you that when we spend money on our Medicaid program it’s the largest economic development program we have in our budget,” said Karen Woodall.

Read the story in The Capitol News Service.

Medicaid bill eyes HMO profits PDF  | Print |  E-mail

Schenck said the profit-sharing idea also will be coupled with standards to ensure quality care.

"What this is really about is making sure that the citizens we serve get the best medical care,'' he said.

But the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, a group that is critical of the shift to Medicaid managed care, issued a briefing paper that described the profit-sharing idea as "less useful'' than a medical-loss ratio. It said the idea would not "adequately contain plan administrative expenses'' and would not focus spending on patient care.

Read the story in Health News Florida.

Senate sets stage for revenue cap vote PDF  | Print |  E-mail

Bogdanoff says lawmakers can choose to lower fees for things like driver's licenses or the state's sales tax. The state already has a revenue cap in place that was approved in 1994. It's never been reached. And opponents to TABOR like Karen Woodall with the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, say what's the point?

"The legislature is elected by the people to deal with the needs of the state of Florida. They've had no problem whatsoever with reducing taxes. Over the last decade they've eliminated recurring revenue sources like the intangibles taxes at least 12-billion dollars out of the revenue stream, and they've done that with the existing cap."

Woodall says if TABOR passes it would tie the hands of future lawmakers to make budget decisions, and she likens the bill to what happened in Colorado. In 2005 that state placed a five-year moratorium on TABOR. Under the law Colorado's education system, health care system and transportation system all took hits while the state was giving money back.

Read the story in the WFSU Newsroom.

How deep will unemployment benefit cuts go? PDF  | Print |  E-mail

Karen Woodall, who lobbies for the liberal Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, called on the Senate panel to stand firm in negotiations to preserve 26 weeks of state benefits.

Read more in The Florida Independent.

Even before proposed cuts, Florida ranks 49th in the nation for mental health funding PDF  | Print |  E-mail

A 2009 report by the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy found that, of the 325,000 adults with severe and persistent mental illness in Florida, only 42 percent receive state mental services at the current funding level. The situation for Florida children is also poor. Fifty-two percent of children with mental illness receive care in Florida, compared to 60 percent nationally.

“Only four other states had a lower rate of meeting the need for mental health and developmental services among children,” the report noted.

Read the story in the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

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