Monday, February 27. 2012
The Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida warned consumers that legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives could hurt the state's chances of taking care of ill children.
There are 14 hospitals in the Sunshine state specifically used for children, but Medicaid cuts could hurt these venues from helping many of the state's youth, according to the report.
Approximately two-thirds of children in Florida are covered by Medicare, and more than 60 percent hospital days are provided by these children's hospitals in the state. The Senate would cut nearly two-thirds of funding, while the House's proposal would cut 56 percent of funding.
"We are deeply concerned that Senate and House leaders may mistakenly believe children's hospital programs are not harmed by proposed Medicaid cuts, when in fact pediatric programs at children's hospitals across the state are facing devastating cuts," said Lindy Kennedy, a senior vice president at the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida.
Consumers who want to make sure their family is covered may want to compare health insurance quotes, as there are many affordable health insurance rates available.
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