TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- The Florida Association of Counties will challenge a new state Medicaid law.
Under the law, the state government forces the counties to pay some $300 million in disputed billings owed to the Medicaid system.
Supporters claim that the counties are trying to shirk their obligations.
Representatives of the counties say the billing system is in a tangle, and much of the money is the result of mistakes made in the system. They say they're holding back payments because the counties have been over-billed, and they're waiting for the computer glitches in the state system to be straightened out.
The state says it promises to get things fixed, but county representatives say they've been waiting three years for that to happen.
The association says if the counties have to pay these bills as they are, it will cost local tax payers millions either in higher taxes or cuts in services.
The association said it plans to file suit in the coming weeks in circuit court in Tallahassee.