Crist: Fla. Applying for $817 Million In Stimulus

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Charlie Crist says Florida is applying for its first installment of federal Medicaid stimulus money.

Crist made the announcement Monday at a meeting of the Florida Hospital Association.

Paperwork will be filed Tuesday to trigger $817 million in stimulus covering a six-month period retroactive to October.

That would increase the federal share of the state-federal health care program for the poor from 55.4 percent to 67.6 percent.

As a result, the state will save money on the Medicaid program that can be used for other purposes such as avoiding a potential budget deficit.

The Legislature, though, would have to approve the deal.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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