Florida’s New Hospital Industry Head Ran Medicaid in State and Fought Expansion
By Editor - Fri Nov 20, 3:29 am
With its choice of a new leader, the Florida Hospital Association has signaled that seeking legislative approval to expand Medicaid to nearly 850,000 uninsured adults won’t be among its top priorities. In October, Mary Mayhew became the association’s CEO. Mayhew, who led the state’s Medicaid agency since 2019, has been a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion adopted by 38 other states . She has argued that expansion puts states in a difficult position because the federal government is unlikely to keep its financial commitment to pay its share of the costs. Had Medicaid been expanded in Florida, hospitals there would have gained thousands of paying patients.