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Andrew Gillum calls for ‘strengthening’ Obamacare in Florida

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A day after the end of the 2017 Legislative Session, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum on Monday called on state lawmakers to pass a bill “strengthening insurance protections for those with pre-existing conditions.” Gillum, the sitting mayor of Tallahassee, appeared at the Florida Press Center with two local women who told of their family members’ troubles getting coverage and treatment: One has a son with a chromosomal disorder and the other’s sister lives with Crohn’s disease, an incurable digestive malady.…

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House panel gets update on dental carve out law

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A recent study by the Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability into how effective managed care plans are at providing dental care appeared to be inconclusive, agency officials said this week. OPPAGA was tasked with looking into how effectively managed care plans are at providing dental care under a contentious 2016 law. The law, among other things, carved out dental care from the list of minimum benefits offered under the state’s Medicaid managed care plans. It required the…

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Controversial dental bill clears Senate, now heads to governor

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A bill that may change how Medicaid programs provide dental care to children is headed to the governor. The Florida Senate on Monday voted 35-2 to approve a measure (HB 819) could remove dental services from the list of minimum benefits under the state’s Medicaid managed care plans. Among other things, the bill requires the Agency for Health Care Administration to implement a statewide Medicaid prepaid dental health plans. It also calls for the state to prepare a report looking…

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Capitol Reax: Telehealth, Dozier School for Boys, dental plans, economic incentives

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Efforts to expand telehealth options in Florida are moving through the state Legislature, and the state Senate on Tuesday approved a measure (SB 1686) aimed at improving access. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Aaron Bean, defines telehealth, creates a telehealth task force, and authorizes healthcare practitioners in Florida to participate in telehealth. The measure passed the Senate health policy committee 9-0. Dominic Calabro, president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, said in a statement: “We are extremely pleased that the Legislature…

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Senate Health budget panel advances children’s Medicaid dental proposal

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Despite some push-back from some health insurance carriers, the Senate Health & Human Services Appropriations Committee approved a bill to reform children’s dental coverage, creating an independent program to administer it under the state’s Medicaid regime. The bill, SB 994, is sponsored by newly-minted Senate President-to-be Sen. Joe Negron. Negron said the state’s participation levels in the program is too low – “as low as in the mid-30s,” though insurers disputed that figure – and that many states who have gone to a separate, independent…

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Obamacare for Florida (HB 221) demonstrates why voters are angry

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House Bill 221 is not only a sorry excuse for addressing the issue of balance billing, it’s also exactly what voters find so frustrating about politicians who campaign saying one thing while doing the exact opposite once they’re safely behind locked Capitol doors. The latest example comes from Rep. Carlos Trujillo. As a candidate, Representative Trujillo told voters he opposed Obamacare. It’s true he has supported high-profile (yet meaningless) efforts to oppose Obamacare – efforts like a 2011 constitutional amendment to…

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Medicaid HMOs fail to get $57 mil more out of state budget

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More than $300 million in additional revenue was plowed into the budget in the late hours of Monday night but, apparently, leaders did not agree to spending any more money on Medicaid. That’s a disappointment to the managed-care plans that are participating in Florida’s mandatory Medicaid managed-care program. They were hoping to get an infusion of $57 million in “grants and donations” trust funds that could have been used to draw down federal matching funds. In all, it would have…

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