Florida receives an annual budget of $101.5 billion from the federal government, and much of it goes towards health care programs. Currently, Florida estimates a $44 billion spend on healthcare annually. Recently, Florida lawmakers met and answered many questions from the Sunshine State’s residents about how healthcare funds would be spent.
There are a few major cuts due to federal influences. However, President Joe Biden’s administration has announced that Medicaid funding as a result of a declared federal public health emergency will be extended through July 20, 2021, allowing Florida to continue its access to extra Medicaid money.
House Speaker Chris Sprawls, Republican from Palm Harbor, announced that maternal healthcare is a priority. In March, he announced a plan for the extension of Medicaid eligibility for new moms from 60 days to one year. This is a large change as Medicaid currently covers nearly half of all births in Florida.
Florida is still fighting a large opioid addiction. The state budget has at least $131 million in funding in place for opioid outreach and treatment programs and millions more going to addiction treatment efforts. $90 million of this funding comes from a federal State Opioid Response Grant that allows treatments for users to get off of opioids.
If you have any questions regarding your personal health care, get in touch with doctors that specialize in Primary Care Services and MSO Services. They can walk you through any potential changes to your personal healthcare in regards to Florida state budgets and healthcare spending. We have a team of experienced doctors and medical staff who are ready to help you get the healthcare you need.