Gov. Scott hospital commission to meet for first time

Author: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) – Gov. Rick Scott is going after Florida hospitals, and he’s rounded up a trusted group of Republican business leaders to help him as the standoff over Medicaid expansion intensifies.

The panel, which will meet for the first time Wednesday, comes as the governor has become increasingly antagonistic toward hospitals that receive taxpayer funds in the face of a $1 billion hole in his budget.

Scott wants the federal government to extend the hospital funds, but the Obama administration and the hospitals want the Republican governor to expand Medicaid to more than 800,000 low-income Floridians.

It’s unclear how much impact the panel will have as the Legislature reconvenes for a special session June 1 and must approve a new budget by June 30 to avoid a state government shutdown.

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