Scott Overestimates Medicaid Expenses

The state is in the process of calculating yet, another estimate of how much a Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act would cost.

Originally state economists put a 10 billion dollar 10 year price tag on the expansion. Then The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration put the price tag at 26 billion.

Governor Rick Scott has been touting the higher number.

Social Service Advocate Karen Woodall says Scott’s using the AHCA estimate deliberately to build a case against the expansion. “It’s really not confusion, its intention change in the assumptions that the numbers come from.”

The number Scott is touting includes the assumption that everyone who qualifies for Medicaid will enroll and also allots for a change in the amount the federal government has promised to cover.

Wednesday afternoon AHCA announced it will draft another estimate.