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A roundup of comments from FHIX supporters following Friday’s vote

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Moments after the House voted down a bipartisan plan to expand access to health care for hundreds of thousands of Floridians, those championing the efforts lamented the missed opportunity. Senate President Andy Gardiner issued a statement noting that: “The critical healthcare challenges facing Florida still remain. This weekend, members of the Legislature will begin a budget conference where we will take hundreds of millions in general revenue that could have been dedicated to schools, roads, our environment or countless other priorities…

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A Healthy Florida Works drops faux newspaper mailer to 500K voters

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A faux newspaper dubbed the Florida Capitol Times should arrive today in the mailboxes of 500,000 voters in swing districts across the state. The mailer was sent by the group called A Healthy Florida Works, said Jennifer Fennell, a spokesperson for the group, which is affiliated with Associated Industries of Florida.  The Florida Hospital Association — one of the most vocal proponents of tapping into federal dollars to expand health care — also is a member of the coalition, which is supporting…

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Millennials make trek to Tally to press for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare

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A group of uninsured Millennials on Tuesday presented 13,000 signatures to a top official in the Florida House of Representatives. The group did not meet with Speaker Steve Crisafulli, who, according to his chief of staff, Kathy Mears, was in a meeting. The small group presented the House with a scroll of 13,000 signatures asking the Legislature to close the “coverage gap” that has resulted because of Florida’s choice not to pass Medicaid expansion as allowable under federal law. An analysis…

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Compromise, collaboration will get budget, health care done, group says

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Compromise and collaboration. That was the message that Dale Brill delivered at press conference held just before the start of 2015A special session. Brill–founder of the Tallahassee-based consulting group Thinkspot— said 20 days was plenty of time for the House and Senate to come together to bridge the differences the chambers have on healthcare access. Brill was joined by Jim Cameron, vice president of government relations, Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Rev. Pam McMillan, St Paul’s United Methodist Church…

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House leadership takes anti-Medicaid message to the Internet

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As the lawmakers prepare to return to Tallahassee for a budget and healthcare special session, House leadership has prepared a 60-second Internet ad warning viewers that the same lobbyists and corporate hospital executives that “pushed Obamacare through Congress” want to expand Medicaid in Florida. The simple, animated video features reds and blues, playing off colors in the Obamacare logo. It’s paid for by Florida Roundtable, a political committee for House Budget Chairman state Rep. Richard Corcoran. Corcoran is a leading…

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House, Senate call special session and it’s wide open on health care, budget

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Nine days after announcing the dates the Florida Legislature issued the proclamation for the special session. The call is wide open, including Medicaid expansion, elimination of certificate of need law, direct primary care, state group health insurance changes and the budget and conforming bills and tax relief. As previously announced the session will run from June 1-20. “At this time, budget allocations have not been agreed to by the President and the Speaker, but will be reached before the beginning…

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Andy Gardiner says Senate will talk Medicaid, health care with ‘anybody at a any time’

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Senate President Andy Gardiner made an appearance at the A Healthy Florida Works press conference on Tuesday, joining a group of business leaders who are supporting his chamber’s plan to draw down Medicaid dollars and provide access to health care for as many as 800,000 uninsured Floridians. With less than three weeks left in the 2015 regular session, the group called on the Florida House of Representatives to join the Florida Senate and support a Medicaid expansion as proposed in…

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