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Budget deal increases health care funding by $450 million, mostly recurring, general revenue dollars

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The House on Friday rejected a Senate-driven health care expansion plan, passed a $300 million tax reduction package and capped the day by releasing the allocations that tell the story behind the budget deal that was agreed to by the Legislature this week. Working through staff, legislative leaders reached a deal on how to divide nearly $28.9 billion between health care, education, transportation and the environment, the majority of which is recurring. The agreement puts $8.7 billion in health care…

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Legislators reach broad deal on state budget

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Republican leaders of the Florida Legislature say they have a broad deal on a new state budget. Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said Friday that they have agreed on how much money to set aside for spending areas such as education and health care. Legislators still have to hammer out how much they will set aside for specific spending items. But this means they will likely avoid a partial shutdown of state government. The House and…

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House-Senate healthcare fight nastily playing out on the Twitters

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The intense intra-cameral friction that defined the 2015 legislative session seems not to have dissipated after a few weeks off but rather compounded, culminating in the most antagonistic legislative hearing of the year at Tuesday’s meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee. There, budget chief Tom Lee led a chorus of indignant senators who excoriated AHCA deputy director Justin Senior for allegedly evading Senate staff and showing favor to the House’s position on the revamped FHIX 2.0 healthcare expansion plan later approved by the committee. Charges of malfeasance,…

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Justin Senior on the hot seat for AHCA’s negative analysis of Senate FHIX plan

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The Senate’s plan to expand access to healthcare access may not pass during the 2015A special session but the Florida Senate isn’t going down without a fight. The Senate Appropriations Committee members on Tuesday grilled Deputy Secretary for Medicaid Justin Senior for more than one hour, making it abundantly clear that the Senate did not appreciate what it considered to be political interference from the Agency for Health Care Administration and its Secretary Liz Dudek, whose boss is Gov. Rick…

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Bill Galvano files latest round of ‘FHIX’ repairs

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Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Galvano of Bradenton filed two new amendments to the Senate’s healthcare proposal on Tuesday morning. One, the “timely-filed” barcode 852368, addresses the “sunset” provision that state Rep. Cary Pigman took issue with yesterday during the House’s workshop on the so-called “FHIX 2.0” proposal to expand health care in Florida by expanding a privately run, largely federally funded program of coverage for the uninsured. It specifically enumerates several triggers that would end the program at the end of the…

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Dueling presentations on FHIX plan show merits of health expansion all in the eye of beholder

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Healthcare committees in the House and Senate on Monday discussed the same proposal to expand healthcare access to the uninsured–SB 2A–in Florida. But it might not have sounded like it. In a “Tale of Two Cities”-esque tableau, the Senate discussed the bill for one hour before unanimously agreeing to pass it with sponsor and Health Care Policy Committee Chairman state Sen. Aaron Bean answering members’ questions. The House of Representatives discussed the measure for three hours but never took a…

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