With funding for UF Health Jacksonville at a crossroads, members of the Duval County Legislative Delegation will come forth with a unified effort to support the local safety net hospital.
The group met Wednesday at City Hall to discuss the facility and the Low Income Pool program, which was established a decade ago to ensure government support for health care services for indigent residents.
The state received about $2.2 billion of such funding last year, with UF Health receiving $95 million. This year, the state’s share is expected to be about $1 billion.
Additionally, the city last year provided $26 million in funding through the budget.
Russell Armistead, UF Health Jacksonville CEO, told the local legislators that a dip in funding threatens the hospital’s survival. It’s not a cost issue, Armistead told the group, it’s a revenue issue for the hospital.
With a special session starting next week in Tallahassee, Duval Delegation members voted to send a letter to Gov. Rick Scott, the heads of the House and Senate, and other key legislative leaders in support of the hospital staying funded.