Rick Scott administration rejected federal funds to fight HIV, sending Florida infection rates soaring
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While the Republican senator Rick Scott was governor of Florida, his administration presided over the effective blocking of $70m in federal funds available for fighting the state’s HIV crisis.
New York, which has spent aggressively on HIV and expanded Medicaid, saw a decrease of 30%. HIV diagnoses actually declined in Florida for at least five years through 2013, when they hit 4,315, only to increase by nearly 11% through 2017: the very period when the state missed out on tens of millions of dollars in federal funds.
All told, the Florida health department lost out on $53,837,844 – funding that could have had a profound impact on a growing HIV crisis but went to other states instead. HRSA’s discussions with the Florida health department, the federal agency reported, indicated that budget authority matters were greatest obstacle to the state’s ability to spend these funds.
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