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Mayors take to the highway to boost Florida’s African American vote

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A “Souls to the Polls Train” pulled into Tallahassee Saturday, bearing a predominantly African American collection of mayors to encourage Hillary Clinton campaign volunteers and mobilize minority voters for the Nov. 8 general election. Actually, it was a big blue motor coach that pulled up outside state party headquarters at noon, after participating in Florida A&M University’s homecoming parade. Reinforcing the mayors were members of the Congressional Black Caucus. “It’s all about energizing our base. Going out to energize voters…

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House OKs bill to eliminate CON for hospitals

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A House healthcare subcommittee moved a bill to eliminate “certificates of need” for all hospital services. The bill does not eliminate CON for nursing homes or hospices where there has been a flurry of interest after a long-time moratorium on the construction of new nursing home beds was lifted. HB 31A was opposed by the Florida Hospital Association, whose lobbyist Bill Bell testified that most states still maintain CON for hospitals and, more specifically, the states surrounding Florida have CON…

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House passes, Senate delays, balance billing ban that pits providers against insurers

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Doctors and insurers battled over balance billing in the Florida Legislature on Tuesday. While the House Appropriations Committee advanced a bill, CS/HB 681 by state Rep. Carlos Trujillo, which would prevent insured patients from being balance billed by providers for emergency care and place into statutes reimbursement options, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee took a pass on the companion bill, SB 516. Hospitals and doctor groups opposed the House bill but it was supported by the Florida Association of Health Plans.…

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