Lee County challenges Medicaid billing

In another chapter in the dispute about a new Medicaid law, Lee County wants an administrative law judge to determine how much money it owes to the state for Medicaid care in April.

Lee County filed a challenge last month against the state Department of Revenue and the state Agency for Health Care Administration. The case stems from a controversial new law that supporters say is aimed at making sure counties fully reimburse the state for certain Medicaid care provided to residents in hospitals and nursing homes.

Counties have disputed the supporters' arguments, with Lee and most other counties acting as plaintiffs in a separate constitutional challenge to the law in Leon County Circuit Court.

The Lee County case in the Division of Administrative Hearings focuses on an April billing that totaled $338,753, according to a document on the division website. Lee is raising questions about a complicated new payment process, including the potential of losing excessive amounts of half-cent sales tax money because of the issue.

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