Florida’s healthcare marketplace part of Friday’s political agenda

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A new Florida healthcare marketplace may be on the horizon as the Florida Health Choices Board of Directors meets in Tallahassee Friday morning to discuss the possibility of an exchange similar to those mandated in the federal Affordable Care Act.

Other legislative issues around town include an evaluation of property taxes, adoption of electronic health records and an Ethics Commission meeting to consider several cases.

8:30 a.m.:

The Florida Commission on Ethics meets at the Florida Parole Commission, 4070 Esplanade Way in Tallahassee to take up cases from different parts of the state, including Boynton Beach, Port Charlotte, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Plantation, Pasco County and Hendry County.

10 a.m.:

The Health Information Exchange Coordinating Committee meets at the Agency for Health Care Administration, 2727 Mahan Dr., Building 3 to discuss issues such as trying to increase the adoption of electronic health records.

11 a.m.:

The Florida Health Choices Board of Directors meets at 200 West College Ave. to consider an online marketplace where people would be able to get health-care services.

1:30 p.m.:

The Revenue Estimating Conference meets at Room 117 of the Knott Building to analyze “ad valorem,” or property, taxes.

Elsewhere in Florida:

Campaign-finance reports are due Friday in the special election in Orange County’s House District 44. Republicans Eric Eisnaugle and Vicky Bell and Democrat Shaun Raja are competing to replace former Rep. Steve Precourt. The Republican primary is March 11, and the special general election will be held April 8.

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, will speak to the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club noon at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg.

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