Special Report: Medicaid Fraud in Florida
Pac-Man - Medicaid's Budget Consumption
Medicaid is paid by federal and state dollars. It has long been a thorn in the side of Florida’s budget planners and political leaders because it consumes a bigger chunk of the budget each year, squeezing funding for education, transportation and other services. The problem worsens in lean budget years and has led to a push by Republican leaders to shift to a managed care model, which they say could help control costs. Critics worry this change could lead to cuts in services to the poor, elderly and disabled who qualify for Medicaid.
|Year||Medicaid Costs (in billions)||Percent of State Budget|
|Source: Agency for Health Care Administration|