Medical care free in Florida for all Floridians is coming to a hospital near you.
On Thursday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 1052 into law, making the state the third state to provide a medical care free option for all Medicaid residents.
In the past, Florida provided Medicaid residents with free medical care and prescription drugs through the state’s Health Insurance Marketplace.
However, Florida did not provide medical care to the uninsured or underinsured.
The law now gives medical care providers and hospitals in Florida access to the same benefits under the state Medicaid program, allowing them to provide services to patients for free and at lower costs.
The new law provides a number of services that would not have previously been available to Floridias uninsured residents, including:The law provides additional state funding to provide free medical and dental care to all Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries who qualify.
The federal government will pay a flat fee to any state that chooses to expand Medicaid coverage to its Medicaid enrollees.
The program will also provide health insurance coverage to the approximately 20 million Florida residents who are enrolled in Medicare and other Medicare-dependent programs.
The bill also creates a medical clinic pilot program for Florida Medicaid residents to obtain a free medical evaluation by a Florida-based medical provider, free or low-cost test kits for routine exams, and other health care services.
The governor also signed House Resolution 587, which establishes the Florida Emergency Medical Services Fund, which provides emergency medical services for patients who are medically unable to pay.
The fund will provide up to $5,000 for each person eligible to receive emergency medical service and will be available to states and localities to match funds from the federal government.
The state also will have the opportunity to receive a lump sum payment for each uninsured patient enrolled in Medicaid.
As the bill becomes law, it is expected to reduce hospital costs and increase patient care.
Florida will also have to make savings on its Medicaid reimbursements, according to the Miami Herald.
The Florida Hospital Association said the state is on track to receive an estimated $1.1 billion in savings from the new law.
Florida Health Care, the state health insurance exchange, expects to receive $835 million from the Medicaid expansion, according the Florida Association of Health Plans.
The Miami Herald reported that some hospitals in the state were already planning to reduce their staff by 20 percent, but others are anticipating additional savings.
According to the Florida Hospital Alliance, more than 3,000 hospitals will be required to reduce staffing in 2016 and 2018, with an additional 2,500 hospitals expected to hire at least 1,000 new staff members.
Additionally, the Miami Beach Fire Department said that its budget will decrease by $3 million in 2017 and 2018.
In addition to free medical services, hospitals will also be required by law to provide residents with the same free medical exams and testing that they provide to Medicaid patients.
According the Miami-Dade Health Department, Florida Medicaid patients who have already undergone surgery or other procedures, as well as those who have recently been treated for a medical condition, will be able to access the same medical care as they would get under the new Medicaid program.
Patients can now expect to see a physician, nurse, or other health provider free of charge at the hospital of their choice.
In January, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Medicaid should be able offer residents free preventive care, including mammograms, CT scans, and pap smears.
The ruling also affirmed that Medicaid patients must be covered.