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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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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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Today on Context Florida: Surprise FDLE visit, Medicaid, Florida Forever and presidential primary

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Today on Context Florida:  Daniel Tilson recounts a surprise visit from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which claimed they received an anonymous tip on an alleged threatening Facebook comment about Gov. Scott. Tilson posted a link to an earlier Context Florida column about Scott’s tax-cutting propaganda gimmick this week, playfully (mockingly) titled Rick Scott’s Magical Mystery Tax Cut Calculator. The uncertain future of Medicaid financing has received much attention during the past few weeks of the legislative session, says State Sen.…

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Today on Context Florida: Banned phrases, repeating history, polluted water and high-stakes cheating

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Today on Context Florida: In light of Gov. Rick Scott banning use of the phrases “climate change” and “global warming” by Department of Environmental Protection staff, Daniel Tilson offers a “Top Ten” list of terms not to use in any form if working for the governor. Terms include “Affordable Care Act” (should be…“Obamacare” or “Socialist health care law”), “Voter suppression” (should be …“Fighting voter fraud” or “Election integrity”), “Bad jobs” (should be…“New opportunities” or “Let’s keep working”) and “Middle-class stagnation” (should…

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Kathy Castor teams up with a Republican to address looming doctor shortage

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Florida will be short nearly 7,000 doctors by 2025 if more residency programs are not created throughout the state to keep up with demand, according to a study commissioned by the Florida Safety Net Hospital Alliance and the Teaching Hospital Council last month. Physicians trained in psychiatry, general surgery, rheumatology, cancer treatment and thoracic surgery will likely be in the shortest supply, the study found. In response to the growing doctor shortage in Florida and the rest of the country,…

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