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Memorial Day Weekend brought to you by these lobbyists and associations

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Summertime is here — well, almost. While Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces, the holiday also marks the unofficial start to summer. And for many people, that means it’s time to start thinking about summer vacation. More than 39.9 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles away from home this Memorial Day, making one of the highest volume of travel since 2005, according to AAA – The Auto…

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Southern Strategy Group earns more than $2 million for legislative lobbying in Q2

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Southern Strategy Group remains one of the top government affairs firms in the Sunshine State. The Tallahassee-based firm reported second quarter median compensation of more than $2.1 million for its legislative services. Those median earnings mean the firm will once again be among the Top 3 earners in the state. Firms must file compensation reports each quarter, and the most recent reports were due Sunday. The reports list a firm’s clients, and typically include compensation ranges. One of the firm’s…

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Personnel note: Monte Stevens moves to private sector, joins Southern Strategy Group

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With more than a decade of public service experience, insurance regulation expert Monte Stevens is now moving to the private sector, joining Southern Strategy Group (SSG) as a lobbyist. SSG, one of the largest advocacy firms in the South, is adding Stevens to its roster of leading Tallahassee power players, who represent a broad range of industries and interests. Stevens brings with him a wealth of knowledge in all things insurance, refined over years at the Florida Capitol and Adams…

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Florida Medicaid HMOs having trouble meeting state financial solvency requirements

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While hospitals’ financials have been under the microscope during the Regular and Special Legislative Sessions, another player in Florida’s Medicaid delivery system — managed-care plans — have escaped much of the scrutiny. But a report of the health plans shows that the plans lost a cumulative $542.9 million in 2014 in their Medicaid line of business. And business didn’t improve in the first quarter of 2015. Two of the 13 HMOs that provide health care to Medicaid patients in Florida’s…

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