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House panel gets update on dental carve out law

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A recent study by the Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability into how effective managed care plans are at providing dental care appeared to be inconclusive, agency officials said this week. OPPAGA was tasked with looking into how effectively managed care plans are at providing dental care under a contentious 2016 law. The law, among other things, carved out dental care from the list of minimum benefits offered under the state’s Medicaid managed care plans. It required the…

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Halloween is brought you by these Florida lobbyists and political associations

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The witching hour is upon us. Ghosts and ghouls fill the streets. Zombies walk side-by-side with princesses and superheroes. Their mission the same: Spook and scare their neighbors in hopes of scoring enough candy to sustain them for the next year. Total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $8.2 billion in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation. The annual survey expects consumers will spend an average of $82.93, up from $74.34 in 2015. The National Retail Federation predicts…

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Personnel note: Florida Ports Council names Niki McKinnell as Public Affairs VP

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The Florida Ports Council named Niki McKinnell as Vice President of Public Affairs. McKinnell replaces Jennifer Krell Davis who has accepted a position as Deputy Director of the Office of Public Information at The Florida Bar. McKinnell brings more than a decade of communications and public affairs experience to the Florida Ports Council. She comes from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), where she managed marketing programs and grants to increase driver safety on Florida’s roadways.…

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Rick Scott signs controversial dental carve out bill

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A contentious dental bill received a tepid OK from Gov. Rick Scott this week. Scott announced Wednesday he signed a bill (HB 819) that removes dental services from the list of minimum benefits under the state’s Medicaid managed care plans. It also calls on the Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability to study how effective managed care plans are at providing dental care. Unless lawmakers act to put dental care back on the list of requires services, the…

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Medicaid dental carve-out saga shows fundamentals still matter

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Amid the early skirmishes of the 2015 legislative session, an unexpected upset occurred last week when a bill died in its first committee of reference. The fact the bill died is not entirely surprising, especially in light of the policy in the bill. In fact, that the bill was even being considered is a testament to the incredible effort of its proponents. This is the third year in a row the bill was being considered, and it had every political advantage…

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Rachel Burgin endorsed by dentists, NRA

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From Janet Zink: State Rep. Rachel Burgin’s opponent in the Republican primary for the District 56 seat, Marc Johnson, is a dentist. Still, Burgin has received the endorsement of the Florida Dental Association, her campaign announced. She also has the endorsement of the National Rifle Association and the Unified Sportsmen of Florida. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat David Chalela and write-in candidate Lewis Laricchia in the general election.

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