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Steve Crisafulli says House can now pass budget, after feds change mind on LIP

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Speaker Steve Crisafulli says the Florida House can start passing a budget in June, now that the state could receive disputed federal healthcare funds this year. Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to the state Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) indicating they will provide Low-Income Pool (LIP) funding for the next two fiscal years. However, the letter warned state officials to expect a huge drop in the federal hospital payment program at the heart of…

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Death of common sense: State forcing Lakeland hospice to shut down over clerical error

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Time after time, hospice has proven to be a godsend for patients, families and loved ones. Hospice allows individuals to die with dignity, to finish lives without the pain, loneliness and fear that often accompanies death. Outside the sterile environment of a hospital, hospice patients are free from the regimen of invasive procedures typically associated with the (ultimately futile) attempt to prolong life. With the invaluable role of hospice in quality end-of-life care, why then has the State of Florida ordered…

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