Matt Dixon, (@Mdixon55)
The House’s top health care budget-writer is proposing privatizing the legal staff for Florida’s top Medicaid agency.
State Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples, says that the Agency for Health Care Administration already contracts with the attorney general’s office and has outside legal help, so he thinks the plan could help simplify things.
“I was trying to come up with one methodology to accomplish it all,” said Hudson, who is chairman of the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee.
Getting rid of the agency’s general counsel’s office would save nearly $5.1 million, according to budget spreadsheets. Hudson’s spending-plan includes $3 million in “supplemental” funding to contract with outside attorneys.
The Senate’s proposed budget does not propose farming out the agency’s legal team. Hudson says it’s an effort to become more efficient.
“You have got in-house, you have got the attorney general, you’re already looking at doing some out of house, why don’t we just do all of it,” he said. “That was me looking at an efficiency issue.”