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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell: ‘It’s time to move forward’

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Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said it’s “time to move forward” now that the U.S. Supreme Court of the United States in a 6-3 ruling upheld tax subsidies for people who enroll in the federal healthcare exchange. “And I hope that this week’s Supreme Court decision will push us to do what I believe Americans want, which is to come together and focus on the substance and begin working to build an even better healthcare system.…

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Finally… chambers set for Saturday conference on budget starting at 9 am

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The Florida Senate was in for less than five minutes on Friday before adjourning. Senate President Andy Gardiner announced that the House and Senate had agreed to budget allocations and that the two chambers would beging hammering out the differences in the proposed spending plans for the 2015-16 fiscal year beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Those were the only details that Gardiner, or his usually chatty budget chair state Sen. Tom Lee, divulged early Friday. In other words, they didn’t…

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FloridaStrong group sends blast email to House members calling out Richard Corcoran

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The Florida House of Representatives is expected on Friday to kill a bill that would provide access to health care for uninsured Floridians by tapping into Medicaid dollars available under the federal healthcare law, often called Obamacare. But that isn’t stopping a group calling itself FloridaStrong from trying to ferret out what it claims is misleading information about the proposal said on the House floor by state Rep. Richard Corcoran. “Rep. Richard Corcoran falsely claims in his political propaganda that…

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Medicaid expansion would trim $790 million in uncompensated care in Florida, White House report says

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As the House prepares to debate — and most likely vote down — the Senate’s plan to expand access to health care, the White House Council of Economic Advisors released an analysis that shows expansion would reduce the state’s uncompensated care costs by $790 million in 2016. The report also shows that expanding coverage would result in an estimated 100,000 additional Floridians reporting being in good health and 69,000 fewer residents would suffer depression. The findings in the report — dubbed Missed Opportunities: The Consequences…

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Jeff Brandes bucks Senate, votes ‘No’ on revamped FHIX healthcare plan

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The Senate’s FHIX 2.0 health care insurance plan carried the day in the upper chamber by a vote of 33-3 Wednesday afternoon after an hours-long session of back-patting and exhortations to the House to join them on their quest for a healthcare “revolution,” as one senator called it. Warm feelings and high-minded speeches rang out across the chamber from a chorus of pro-expansion senators. State Sen. Jeff Brandes was not among them. The Transportation Committee chairman’s fiscal politics always did have affinities…

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Senate passes healthcare bill by 33-3 vote

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It was not unanimous but the Florida Senate on Wednesday passed a bill off the floor to use Medicaid dollars under the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, to expand access to health care for low-income uninsured Floridians. Passed by a 33-3 vote, SB 2A was amended and debated the same day so it could be sent to the House of Representatives, which remains steadfast in its opposition to the measure. But bill sponsor state Sen. Aaron Bean said he…

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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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