Florida to submit application for waiver to alter Medicaid

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On Oct. 1, Florida health regulators plan to submit the state's application for a federal waiver that would allow Medicaid recipients to choose their own healthcare services.

While announcing the Aug. 31 online publication of the waiver application, Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said the plan "reinvents the program to look and operate more like a private healthcare market."

Bush's attempt to change the Medicaid program has drawn criticism and widespread interest. Critics are opposed to privatization of coverage and think the plan could hurt low-income beneficiaries. The submission of the application follows a 30-day public comment period.