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Florida hospitals could be affected by government cuts

Posted On Wed, February 29, 2012

The Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida recently released a study showing that government cuts of Medicaid could negatively affect several hospitals in the state.

In total, the Sunshine State has 14 hospitals used specifically for children, and these venues provide more than 60 percent of child days in the hospital, according to the study. Two-thirds of Florida's children are insured by Medicaid. Both plans from the Senate and House of Representatives would cut more than half of the state's Medicaid budget for the children's hospitals.

"We are deeply concerned that Senate and House leaders may mistakenly believe children's hospital programs are not harmed by proposed Medicaid cuts, when in fact pediatric programs at children's hospitals across the state are facing devastating cuts," said Lindy Kennedy, a senior vice president at the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida.

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