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February 26, 2013

Florida Governor Rick Scott Announces Florida Medicaid Expansion

Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott,  one of the most prominent critics of the Affordable Care Act (ACA),  declared that Florida will expand Medicaid, which means individuals under 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL) are eligible for Medicaid. He supports a three year expansion, where the federal government will pay 100% of Medicaid costs for newly eliglibles before some of the costs shift to the states.

However, the Florida Republican dominated legislature still has to approve the Medicaid expansion, which it has been against since the passage of the ACA. Still, it is highly likely that Florida will finally decide to participate in Medicaid Expansion, an important accomplishment for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), whom 11,542 will benefit (projected estimate of AI/AN in Florida below 138% FPL).