An Update from DCMS CEO Bryan Campbell
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Posted by: Bryan Campbell
Today the only two things clear about the Future of Healthcare are that the latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare has failed, and that (shameless plug) we will be diving deep into the issue at our Second Annual Future of Healthcare Conference on May 21-22, 2018.
The Graham-Cassidy bill failed to gain support in the Senate despite throwing extra funds to the states of Senators considered on the fence. The measure, if approved, would have cost Florida nearly $10 billion in Federal funds over the next six years, according to a study from the Kaiser Foundation.
The fight over ACA is overshadowing a much more time-sensitive matter for Florida. The state budgeted for nearly $700 million in CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Progam) funding for 2017. However, Federal funding for the CHIP program is set to expire on September 30, and without renewal, more than 340,000 children in the state could lose access to medical care.
Closer to home, the Baptist Health System also is fighting a battle in Washington, D.C.. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court was expected to consider a case involving when medical records are shielded from disclosure law. They are petitioning the high court to overturn a ruling from the Florida Supreme Court.
Finally, on behalf of the DCMS Board of Directors and our entire membership, I would like to offer congratulations to Dr. Leon Haley, who was announced as the next CEO for UF Health Jacksonville. Dr. Haley has served as the Dean of the College of Medicine at UF Health Jacksonville since January of this year and has been a tireless advocate for the hospital and its patients.