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Dismantling Enterprise Florida is a top priority for AFP-FL

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The Florida branch of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity announced its 2017 legislative priorities Friday; dismantling Enterprise Florida is on the top of the list. “In 2015 the Governor boldly stated that ‘taxpayers are better investors than government.’ We completely agree. That’s why we’re calling on both chambers to put politics aside and work towards dismantling the failed quasi-state agency, Enterprise Florida,” said AFP-FL Director Chris Hudson. “Government shouldn’t be in the business of picking winners and losers. Let’s…

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Certificate of Need program in Senate’s crosshairs

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On Friday, Florida State Sen. Rob Bradley filed a bill to repeal the state’s controversial Certificate of Need program. And Gov. Rick Scott supports the measure. Senate Bill 676 would eliminate the Certificate of Need (CON) Program at the Agency for Health Care Administration. Currently, health care providers require a certificate of need prior before building or converting hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices. Under Bradley’s bill, the Agency for Health Care Administration would develop licensure rules for new providers, and sets guidelines for the…

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Senate committee passes 2 key bills expanding health care access

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Bills that would iron out rules for direct primary care contracts and encourage healthcare companies to give free health care to low-income Floridians passed the Senate Committee on Health Policy Monday. SB 1144, sponsored by Niceville Republican Sen. Don Gaetz, would allow new medical facilities to bypass a lengthy review process known as “certificate of need” if they commit to giving free health care to low-income patients. “This regulatory framework promotes access to care, while protecting safety net providers from…

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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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Healthcare debate will last ‘long after I’m gone,’ Andy Gardiner says

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Senate President Andy Gardiner on Monday told the press that the priority for the special session was to pass a budget and that health care — a driving factor behind the divisive 2015 regular session — would be an issue Florida will have to continue to work on “long after” he leaves the Legislature. “I just think the healthcare debate will last long after I’m gone,” Gardiner said. “I just think this is kind of the future. Whether you like…

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Rick Scott’s Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding not happy with lack of responses from hopsitals

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Members of Rick Scott’s blue-ribbon healthcare commission were swimming in data, but on Wednesday members made clear that they wanted additional information and took aim at hospitals for not voluntarily providing all the information that was requested of them. Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding member Marili Cancio Johnson asked the commission staff to compile a list of hospitals that didn’t respond to the voluntary data call and, moreover, asked staff to identify how much Medicaid and Low Income Pool…

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Five things to look for at today’s meeting of Rick Scott’s hospital commission

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The much-written about Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding holds its inaugural meeting in Tallahassee today. Gov. Rick Scott, a former healthcare and hospital executive, has spent much of his time in the three weeks since lawmakers have left town focusing on building a continuation base budget and negotiating with and suing the federal government over supplemental Medicaid dollars called Low Income Pool. Here are five things to look for coming out of today’s meeting: Will hospitals get called out…

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