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Rene Garcia wants in on Rick Scott’s healthcare, hospital commission

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State Sen. Rene Garcia sent the governor a letter on Wednesday expressing his interest in serving on the new healthcare and hospital commission the governor created through an executive order.

“Our state is facing many critical healthcare challenges and our hospitals are an important partner in providing services to Floridians in need of medical treatment,” Garcia said in a letter to Gov. Rick Scott. “My constituents include many patients of the Jackson Memorial Health Care System.”

Additionally, Garcia, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, noted that he represents the county whose taxpayers contribute the largest amount of local dollars to help fund the Low Income Pool program. Garcia said as chair of the Senate healthcare spending panel he has “had the opportunity to study and evaluate various options to address the healthcare needs of our state in a manner that makes the best use of taxpayer dollars.”

Scott created a commission through executive order and there has been significant interest in serving on the panel. The order did not name the members of the commission, advise how many people would serve on the commission or spell out when the commission would begin meeting. Scott said the commission, which will take a closer look at healthcare costs in Florida, could be helpful as the state prepares for a budget special session June 1-20.

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