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Most Florida legislators say yes to free or deeply discounted health, dental benefits

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While they are hesitant to implement Obamacare provisions and expand access to health care, Florida legislators overwhelmingly tap into the benefits made available to them either for free or deeply discounted rates. Thirty-six of Florida’s 40 state senators are enrolled in the state health insurance plan and 39 of them enroll in the dental plan, which is free, information from the Office of Legislative Services shows. In the House of Representatives, 106 of the members enroll in the state group…

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Struggling state-sponsored health insurance program is being managed by Tallahassee lobbyist

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Interesting report from Christine Jordan Sexton: A struggling state-sponsored health insurance program is being managed by Tallahassee lobbyist and political operative Lauren McCarthy, who receives $5,000 a month for part-time work. Meanwhile, state records still list her as representing private clients with ties to the health-care industry. Florida Health Choices, planned as an insurance exchange for people seeking non-traditional, inexpensive benefits, hired McCarthy in late July to work for up to five months getting the organization set up. McCarthy isn’t…

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