Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy (FCFEP)

Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy (FCFEP) conducts independent research, develops new ideas, and advises policymakers on state fiscal and economic policy. The Center pays close attention to how policy impacts low- and moderate-income individuals, families and neighborhoods, workers and small businesses. The Center works toward public awareness of the need to adequately fund programs that improve opportunities, choices, quality of life outcomes and the economic well-being of all Floridians, especially children. FCFEP’s advocacy work includes publishing independent research, identifying new ideas, and advising policymakers on emerging state health coverage issues. See below for more information about FCFEP’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • FCFEP Released Issue Brief on Florida's Medicaid Medically Needy Program Proposal

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    The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy (FCFEP) released an issue brief on Florida’s proposal to the federal government requiring all beneficiaries in the Medicaid Medically Needy Program to enroll in a managed care plan and pay monthly premiums . Key highlights of the brief include: (1) an overview of the current Medically Needy Program and its beneficiaries; (2) an overview of the proposed Medically Needy Program; (3) the “burden” of Medically Needy Premiums; (4) the proposal’s conflict with the federal Medicaid program laws; and (5) the state’s failure to allow for public input before the proposal was submitted.
  • Florida CHAIN and FCFEP Commented on Interim Final Rule on Medicaid Eligibility Changes

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    Florida CHAIN and Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy submitted comments on the interim final rule on Medicaid eligibility changes. Key comments included: (1) rejecting the notion of allowing states to block transparency and accountability to stakeholders; (2) ensuring consistency and uniformity  for all entities involved in eligibility determination for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); (3) encouraging the transparency of written interagency documents (e.g., State Plan Amendment proposals); (4) requiring  states to have a contingency plan for eligibility determination; and (5)  developing an eligibility determination process and timeliness standards  that allow real-time eligibility determination.
  • FCFEP Published Issue Brief on Inaccuracy of State's Cost Estimates for Medicaid Expansion

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    Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy (FCFEP) published an issue brief discussing why Florida’s claims on Medicaid expansion are inflated and lack merit. The brief evaluates the State’s estimated cost of the expansion and derives an improved set of estimates using similar State methods.

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