Retooling the state’s mandatory Medicaid managed care program will be a Legislative priority in the 2022 Session.
The Florida Association of Health Plans 2022 legislative agenda sounds simple: maintaining the status quo.
“I think our Legislature has been moved by the improvement in quality and the care that has been provided,” FAMP President and CEO Audrey Brown said of her legislative agenda. “We want to continue to do business, but we want to continue to not have additional regulations or the removal of tools that are there to protect the taxpayer dollars.”
The association represents dozens of health insurers and managed care plans that provide health coverage to businesses and to those enrolled in Florida’s multi-billion Medicaid program.
This year, Brown said her organization doesn’t need to get any bills passed this Session. But to maintain the status quo, Brown said the association will oppose what she described as “legacy bills” which get filed every year, such as prohibitions on step therapies or mandates for certain prescriptions to be placed on formularies used by insurers.
“We’ll probably always see these legacy bills,” Brown said. “Some of those services are in place to ferret out fraud.”
Meanwhile, all indications are that the 2022 Legislative Session will be the year lawmakers will make serious changes to the operation of the state’s Medicaid managed care program.
Enrollment in the Medicaid program during the COVID-19 pandemic has spiked to slightly more than 5 million people as of Nov. 30, the most current available data from the state. Of those, 3,954,826 are enrolled in Medicaid managed care plans.
Sen. Jason Brodeur sponsored a managed care rewrite bill just before the start of the 2022 Session, and House Speaker Chris Sprowls said this week he wanted the House to take the lead on retooling the Medicaid managed care program that was initially pushed by the House.
Brown said Brodeur’s bill contains ideas that have been bandied about by state Medicaid staff and health plans, and the proposed changes “feel like a natural evaluation of the procurement” process.
The most divisive issue in the Medicaid managed care rewrite may be over dental services. Brown is unapologetic in her belief that dental services are best provided by the underlying health plan that offers general health care as opposed to having it go through a separate provider. “Comprehensive coordinated care and not fragmented care is what we believe is the best for overall health outcomes,” Brown said.
But the association is not actively taking a stance on the current bills.
The initial Senate bill rolled out this week does not propose eliminating the freestanding dental managed care program. Brown anticipates the House bill will. She said her group is not lobbying the dental issue because “it is purely a policy decision for the Legislature to decide whether or not to carve back in dental.”
Joe Biden Website Promises to Ship Four Free Coronavirus Tests to Residents Within 7-12 Days
The White House announced Tuesday President Joe Biden’s website for Americans to request free coronavirus tests was now live.
Officials said the website, covidtests.gov, was live but still remained in the beta phase of the programming and testing process.
The president expects to officially launch the website on Wednesday as he also plans to hold an official press conference at the White House to mark his upcoming one-year anniversary as president.
Families can request four free coronavirus tests on the website after putting in their name and address.
The government will begin shipping the test within 7-12 days, according to a notice on the website.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged during the daily briefing that the website was live, but only operating in a limited capacity.
“We can’t guarantee there won’t be a bug or two,” she said.
Biden is struggling to catch up on testing, despite being in charge of the pandemic for a year as president.
Joe Biden replaces the mask he wears. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Many Americans trying to travel and gather with family over the Christmas holiday were unable to get access to tests or faced long waits in line for several hours at testing centers.
Biden was initially defensive about his administration’s performance, scoffing at questions from reporters during a December event on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
“What took so long is it didn’t take long at all,” he said, complaining the omicron variant of the virus caught everyone off guard.
Despite Biden’s efforts to ramp up and increase testing capacity, state governors have called out the federal government for making it harder to get tests for their residents.
“You know, so now it’s sort of hijacking the tests that we already had plans for, and we’re now getting some of those providers to tell us they no longer have the rapid tests,” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said in an interview on CBS on Sunday.
Survey: Global Majority Feel Misled by Media, Business, Political Leaders
The majority of people across the globe feel that are being misled by journalists, government leaders, and business executives, according to Edelman’s 2022 global “Trust Barometer.”
The survey found that 67 percent of people globally are “convinced” they are being “purposely” misled by journalists and reporters, which is up eight percent from 2021.
Additionally, 66 percent think their country’s government leaders “purposely” mislead them, which has risen nine percent from 2021, while 63 percent said business leaders “purposely” mislead them, which has increased seven percent from 2021.
When respondents were asked about trust, 46 percent said they do not trust journalists, which has risen one percent from last year.
Additionally, 42 percent said they do not trust the county’s government leaders, which has risen one percent from last year. 49 percent said they do not trust CEOs, which has grown one percent from last year.
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 08: U.S. President Joe Biden stops to talk to reporters. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
However, 66 percent of the respondents said they trust their own CEO, which has risen three percent since 2021.
The survey also found that 76 percent “worry about false information or fake news being used as a weapon,” which has risen four percent since last year.
Edelman’s survey had 31,050 respondents globally, spanning 27 countries. The survey was taken between November 1 and 24 of last year and had a margin of error plus or minus 0.6 percent points.
Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter.
Nolte: Congressional Generic Ballot Has GOP Up 9 Points over Democrats
“The 2022 midterm elections are now 294 days away, and Republicans maintain a strong lead in their bid to recapture control of Congress,” notes Rasmussen Reports.
“[I]f the elections for Congress were held today, 48% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for the Republican candidate, while 39% would vote for the Democrat,” the pollster reported. “Just four percent (4%) would vote for some other candidate, but another nine percent (9%) are not sure.”
Rasmussen showed these same results back in December.
Rasmussen is not only one of the most respectable and reliable pollsters out there and has been for two decades; these results track with what we see everywhere.
To begin with, His Fraudulency Joe Biden’s approval rating sits in the low 40s, while his disapproval rating is in the 50s. On top of that, Gallup just released a poll that showed a 14 point swing to Republicans over 2021.
Other pollsters show the generic ballot closer, but those pollsters are not as reliable as Rasmussen. What’s more, history has shown us that the Republican party can enjoy sweeping victories even when they are tied or close in this specific poll.
For example, in 2014, there was a huge red wave, even though the GOP was only up an average of 2.4 points. In 2010, the GOP swamped the Democrats, and the generic poll only had Republicans up by two points. As is the case with almost all polls, the Republican party tends to outperform the polling while Democrats tend to underperform.
People visit a voting site at a YMCA on Election Day, November 02, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Even the left-wing serial liars over at NBC News are using the word “shellacking” to describe what’s coming for the Democrat party in this year’s midterms:
Over the last 30 years, the NBC News poll has given us a good idea if the president’s party is headed for an exceptionally good midterm election, a shellacking, or somewhere in-between.
And right now, the arrows are pretty much pointing in the “shellacking” territory for President Biden and the Democrats as we debut our Midterm Meter, which will use our poll to gauge the overall political environment for the president’s party.
NBC points out that right now, a whopping 71 percent of the public say the country’s on the wrong track, Joe Biden’s job approval sits at 52 percent, and…
In 1994, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 — when the president’s party suffered big losses — overwhelming majorities said the country was headed on the wrong track before the election; each president’s job rating was below 50 percent; and the president’s party trailed on the generic ballot.
Joe Biden and his Democrat party are in full control of the federal government. The result is chaos, misery, and disease: empty store shelves, a spike in violent crime, record inflation, a southern border in chaos, and a raging coronavirus. Additionally, Russia, North Korea, and China are getting adventurous, and who knows how many American hostages are still stuck in Afghanistan?
Add to that the culture wars Democrats have launched to include racism and gay porn in public school curriculum and to force all of us to believe a man can magically transform into a woman.
As I’ve said before, this country is on the verge of something more than a shellacking. Instead, we are headed for a significant political realignment.
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