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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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Rick Scott healthcare agenda: A no-LIP budget and nixing certificates of need

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Gov. Rick Scott unveiled what appears to be an ambitious healthcare agenda he plans on tackling in the weeks before July 1. Though the governor didn’t have a healthcare agenda going into the 2015 session, Scott announced in a press release that he will develop a Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding that will, among other things, examine eliminating Florida’s certificate of need laws. Certificate of need is a regulatory program to curb the growth in heatlhcare expenditures by limiting the…

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Senate counters House with Medicaid expansion but Tom Lee says other health care issues could be in play during an extended session

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The Florida Senate has not backed off its position that working uninsured Floridians need to have access to health insurance and that the Medicaid supplemental program known as Low Income Pool should remain intact. In a counteroffer to the House’s offer to put $200 million into healthcare financing the Senate held firm on its Medicaid expansion and puts $604.8 million in contingencies to offset LIP losses and to shore up Medicaid HMOs that are at risk because of increased pharmaceutical costs.…

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House will tackle certificate of need, malpractice in 2016, Jason Brodeur says

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At the last regularly scheduled meeting of the 2015 session for his committee, House Health & Human Services Committee Chairman Jason Brodeur dropped a bomb and announced that the chamber would next year tackle some of the thorniest issues in health care: certificate of need (CON), insurance mandates and medical malpractice. The news puts most healthcare professionals and their respective lobbyists on notice that 2016 will be a bumpy ride. Certificate of need is a regulatory process to control the costs of…

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