The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Flagler to Weigh Joining Medicaid Lawsuit Against State
Yet another county in Florida is deciding whether or not to join the Florida Association of Counties lawsuit against the state, which challenges a bill recently passed by the stae legislature that requires counties to pay old, and possibly inaccurate Medicaid bills. In a letter to Florida’s state legislature, Flagler County Adminstrator Craig Coffey points out that the county’s $160,000 worth of back bills “was primarily from disputed bills that had wrong addresses and other incorrect information.”
State House members two weeks ago approved a bill previously approved by the Senate that will have an estimated statewide fiscal impact for 2012-’13 of $70.5 million, according to the Florida Association of Counties. “It’s disappointing that this gets passed when 67 counties are opposing it,” Holland said. “This is going to have a huge impact on our county.” The bill mandates that every county pay bills that are old, and possibly inaccurate, Administrator Craig Coffey told commissioners in March.