Nursing home industry is a healthy donor to Rick Scott campaign

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Several players in Florida’s nursing home industry are backing Gov. Rick Scott in his re-election bid.

Scott received more than $44,000 last month from nursing homes, business groups and affiliated companies according to the most recent finance report filings with the state Division of Elections.

The report shows a minimum of 26 separate contributions from nursing home industry associations, dated June 20, including one from a Florida Health Care Association PAC.

For Scott and other candidates, last week was the reporting deadline to file finance reports for the period of June 1-20. With a large Tallahassee footprint, the nursing home industry lobbies focuses on issues such as Medicaid, health-care regulations and lawsuit limitations.

Scott and state lawmakers and this year passed a compromise measure, supported by the Florida Health Care Association, for additional restrictions on lawsuits arising from suspected injuries to nursing home residents.

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