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Rick Scott on GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare: ‘They can’t stop’

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Gov. Rick Scott said federal lawmakers need to keep their word, and continue their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “They can’t stop,” said Scott following a stop in Fort Myers on Monday. “They all promised they were going to repeal and replace Obamacare, and they got to do it.”

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Florida hospitals created 900K jobs, new economic impact study finds

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Florida hospitals were responsible for creating more than 900,000 jobs in 2015, according to a new economic impact study. The study, completed by the University of Florida and sponsored by the Florida Hospital Association, found Florida hospitals were responsible for creating 901,674 full- and part-time jobs in 2015. The report also found hospitals generated nearly $128.4 billion in total economic contributions during the same period. “Hospitals are the largest employers in many communities across Florida,” said FHA President Bruce Rueben…

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Geraldine Thompson: Profits ahead of patients spells trouble for Floridians

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As a longtime community advocate and state legislator in Orlando, I work every day to make sure that consumers in Florida have access to quality, affordable health care. The recent approved mergers of Aetna with Humana and Anthem with Cigna pose great challenges for Florida consumers. While the idea of mergers to create bigger companies may seem like a good idea – the results can be disastrous. As citizens, we must demand that mergers like these are held up to…

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Florida insurers request rate hikes under federal health law

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Nearly a dozen health insurers are proposing rate increases averaging 13 percent for 2017 Florida plans sold on the exchanges created under President Barack Obama‘s health care law, but that won’t necessarily mean big consumer price hikes. The largest increase is a whopping 44 percent requested by one Humana plan. Aetna wants a 29 percent increase for a plan, with AvMed requesting 26 percent and Coventry seeking 17 percent. Florida Health Care Plan requested modest increases for many of its…

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Carlos Beruff says he knew “zero” about healthcare before leading hath care commission

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U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff touts his time as Chair of Gov. Rick Scott‘s kabuki theater-style Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding as relevant experience to dealing with the Affordable Care Act and other difficult healthcare issues in Congress. But that wasn’t always the case. In fact, just earlier this year Beruff said he knows “zero” about health care, even after his tenure on the panel. The millionaire homebuilder who gave some $121,000 to Scott’s re-election campaign and state Republicans was tapped the lead the committee…

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Senate approves omnibus health care bill

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On Wednesday, the Senate passed an omnibus health care bill after approving a number of amendments. LobbyTools reports that the bill (HB 85) is now going back to the House. After several changes proposed by Sen. Don Gaetz, the bill now combines several House priorities with Senate plans. One substantial amendment from Gaetz rewrites the House bill regarding surgical centers. New language includes allowing patients in an ambulatory surgical center to stay in the center for up to 24 hours but…

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House sends Senate a variety of health care cost-saving measures

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The Florida House sent several bills to the Senate seeking to cut health care costs by changing laws regulating health providers. On Wednesday, the House passed a number of bills: HB 37, which restores the patient-physician relationship through the use of Direct Primary Care; HB 85, extending the length of time a patient can stay in a recovery care center; HB 423, allowing Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants to prescribe certain medications; HB 1061, removing barriers to attract nurses into…

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