Strictly speaking, Governor Rick Scott did not recommend a reduction in spending for health and human services for 2011-12. Total HHS spending and Medicaid spending under the Scott proposal would in fact rise next year.
But in the sense that the proposed funding level for Medicaid in 2011-12 would not meet the state's currently projected need, the recommendations amount to a $1.2 billion cut.
For 2012-13, the Governor proposes to install an arbitrary cap on Medicaid spending that does not factor in inflation or the true cost of providing care.
Reduced access and quality of care for the most vulnerable Floridians who must depend on Medicaid will inevitably result.
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