Round-up of legislative updates from Reps. Richard Corcoran, Jake Raburn, and Dana Young

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A round-up of legislative updates from Tampa Bay lawmakers.

Rep. Richard Corcoran: 

Dear Friends,

As you may already be aware, we released a bold new alternative to expanding Medicaid recently along with a book describing our vision to change health insurance in Florida as we know it.   On Friday, HB 7169 passed through the House Appropriations Committee and is expected to hit the Floor of the House sometime this week.

Our plan helps over 500,000 individuals gain private insurance either through our plan or the federal health care exchange.  If you have not had a chance to read our book, you can access our book by pressing your control button and clicking here.   

ObamaCare is going to significantly increase private insurance premiums in the next year.  Plans that will expand Medicaid in Florida will hurt the middle class.  Our plan will allow every business, individual and family in Florida to shop around, compare prices and purchase a health benefits plan that covers their needs.  Our plan will allow us to continue moving forward toward a fair health care system that allows individuals of all incomes to purchase private health care coverage at an affordable cost—potentially saving families in Florida thousands of dollars every year in health care costs! 

As always, if there is anything I can do for you in the future, please do not hesitate to call my legislative office at 813-792-5177

Richard

Rep. Jake Raburn:

Members have been working diligently as we head into the final week of the 2013 Regular Session. Budget conference meetings have ended and any remaining budget discrepancies between both chambers have been bumped to the Appropriation Chairs. The final proposed budget should be available sometime early next week.

This week the House passed landmark legislation in ethics/campaign finance reform as well as our alternative to President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that does not require Florida to take Federal Dollars or expand Medicaid, while at the same time providing more Floridians access to quality health care.

As always, please feel free to contact me or my staff whenever we can be of assistance.

Rep. Dana Young:

Today is the last day of Week 8 and we are truly in the final days of the 2013 Legislative Session.  I spent the past weekend in Tallahassee serving on various budget conference committees, which met to work out the differences between the House and Senate’s proposed budgets. We anticipate a final proposed budget should be available sometime early next week. 
  
In addition to budget conference committee meetings, we spent several full days on the House Floor, where we considered many significant pieces of legislation for final passage.  Below I have provided some information on this legislation that I hope you find useful and informative.  

I am looking forward to being back in Tampa with all of you after we adjourn on May 3rd!

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