Hospitals in Manatee County stand to lose as much as $13.8 million under the Florida Senate’s proposed cuts to the state Medicaid and Medically Needy programs, according to an analysis by the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida.
Under the House proposal, the cuts would be more than $2.5 million, according to the alliance, which represents the state’s teaching and government hospitals that care for the poor and the uninsured.
The biggest loser by far would be Manatee Memorial Hospital, which could lose more than $11.3 million million under the Senate plan, and almost $2.2 million in the House.
Blake Medical Center would lose almost $1.5 million under the Senate plan, and $205,000 under the House plan.
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center would lose $963,000 under the Senate plan, and $158,000 under the House plan.
In Sarasota County, Sarasota Memorial Hospital would lose almost $15.4 million under the Senate plan, and more than $2.1 million under the House plan.
The Senate version proposes a 10 percent cut in Medicaid rates and deep cuts in the Medically Needy program, which supports transplant patients and others. The House bill proposes a 7 percent reduction in Medicaid rates and retains the Medically Needy program virtually unchanged.