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U.S. House to approve Vern Buchanan measure protecting seniors

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The U.S. House is expected Tuesday to pass Congressman Vern Buchanan‘s legislation to preserve Medicare Advantage plans for thousands of older people in Sarasota and Manatee counties. “Medicare Advantage plans have a proven track record of improving health, reducing costs and offering much-needed personal choice to seniors,” Buchanan said in a statement. “I am committed to strengthening and preserving this vitally important program.” Buchanan’s bipartisan proposal seeks to prevent the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from terminating popular, low-cost Medicare…

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Pam Bondi says supporting company being investigated was mistake

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says she was wrong to urge Medicare to pay for high-priced and unnecessary drug screening tests from a company being investigated for defrauding Florida Medicaid of millions. Bondi told The Palm Beach Post in an email Friday that she never should have issued a 2014 letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services supporting the tests performed by Millennium Laboratories. Bondi explained in her email that she believed the letter, drafted by her staff, only…

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Rick Scott: ‘It took a lawsuit’ to get LIP agreement

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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday claimed victory after the federal government notified the state of an “agreement in principle” that lays the framework for how Florida can spend $1.6 billion in supplemental Medicaid spending over the next four years. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Director Vikki Wachino‘s coveted agreement letter for the Low Income Pool came just hours after Scott signed the 2015-16 budget into law, putting to rest the debate over appropriate healthcare funding and how much federal money…

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Budget signed, LIP deal formalized (sort of), health care done for now

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Just hours after Gov. Rick Scott quietly signed a state spending plan into effect, the federal government gave Florida a long-awaited “agreement in principle” letter that all but formalizes an agreement between Florida and the federal government on hospital funding for the next year. The coveted agreement, which the state had hoped to secure in April so the Legislature could draft a budget before the end of the 2015 regular legislative session, lays out a two-year agreement that expires in June…

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Court rejects Rick Scott’s request for mediation on LIP funding

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A move to require the federal government to enter mediation with Florida over the future of the Low Income Pool was shot down by a federal court in Pensacola on Wednesday. Gov. Rick Scott issued a statement saying his administration will “continue to fight for this important funding for low-income families any and every way we can.” The governor said it is “disappointing” that the Obama Administration “keeps delaying their decision on funding the Low Income Pool in Florida.” Attorneys…

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Rick Scott doesn’t offer much on Low Income Pool letter from feds

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott isn’t saying what his next move will be. Scott on Thursday would not say whether he would drop his lawsuit against the federal government now that the Florida has been given tentative approval that the Low Income Pool program will exist over for the next two years. “It’s not even official. It’s not even done yet,” Scott said, when asked if the news from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was enough to get him to drop…

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Now is not the time to back off healthcare access, Senate Prez Andy Gardiner tells members

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Senate President Andy Gardiner sent a memo to members on Thursday advising that the tentative $1 billion approval of Low Income Pool funds for fiscal year 2015-16 does not mean that Florida’s healthcare debate is over. In fact, it’s the opposite. “The news brings certainty to what we have known for over a year–the LIP program is changing and Florida needs a new way to address uncompensated care,” Gardner said in his memo to members. The Centers for Medicare and…

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