The federal government has approved a long-term care waiver for the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Program. Patients, mainly nursing home residents but some who still live in their homes, will be enrolled in private health-maintenance organizations or other types of managed-care programs. Gov. Rick Scott lobbied U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for the waiver last month on a trip to Washington. Scott says Florida's plan to overhaul how Medicaid services are delivered will lower costs.
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