The Florida Department of Health and Human Services (DOHHS) has announced that it is paying $1.3 billion to cover the cost of a Medicaid expansion in the state.
The expansion is set to kick in on July 1, 2019, as Florida’s Medicaid population expands to about 12.7 million people, up from about 10.5 million.
The state will pay for all of the costs associated with expanding Medicaid, according to the state, including paying for the expansion’s benefits, Medicaid payment, and administrative costs.
The Medicaid expansion will be paid for entirely by the state through payroll tax revenue.
The state will also pay for a portion of the cost through a surcharge.
The program was created in 2013 by then-Gov.
Rick Scott and was meant to expand coverage to all people regardless of income.
In the first six months of implementation, nearly 3 million people enrolled, but only 1.6 million have enrolled.
The federal government has already paid out $1 billion in Medicaid payments to the states, with $500 million going to the District of Columbia.
The Medicaid expansion is expected to provide coverage to about 13,000 low-income people and to provide more money to low- and moderate-income families, as well as to pregnant women and people with disabilities.
However, the expanded Medicaid program is expected not to cover people with preexisting conditions, and most of the additional money will go to people with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
The Medicaid Expansion was created as a way to expand the number of low- income Americans who would have access to Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
In 2020, more than 22 million Americans had access to coverage, according the Congressional Budget Office.