Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics — 1.19.23

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Good Thursday morning.

Medicaid continuous coverage requirements expire at the end of March and Florida will begin the process of deciphering who will remain eligible for the $36 billion safety net program on April 1. The federal government is also going to phase out increased matching rates through the end of 2023.

That means states can begin to disenroll people from Medicaid in April, but state Medicaid officials must follow certain rules to remain eligible for the increased federal funding that is being phased out.

Health care advocates have pressed Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration for details as to how it plans to tackle the massive job of deciding who is eligible for the program and who is not.

But as part of the transition — which has been called the “unwinding” of the continuous enrollment provision — federal authorities are requesting that states provide…

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