Renzo Downey of Florida Politics writes:
"Schools could soon draw down millions of matching federal health care dollars given Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ OK.
That legislation (HB 81), by Rep. Alex Andrade, would allow the state to access Medicaid dollars to help pay for some health care services in schools provided through the Florida Medicaid Certified School Match Program.
'At no cost to the state, we’d be drawing down $100 million dollars more,' Andrade told Florida Politics.
The Florida Policy Institute, which backed his bill and Sen. Bill Montford’s version, puts that estimate at more than $50 million. And more than 1 million of the state’s 2.7 million public school students are on Medicaid, according to the group."