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Dental care vendor loses trade secrets case

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The winning vendor of a deal to provide dental benefits for the state children’s health insurance program has lost a court fight over what it claims are trade secrets. Circuit Judge Karen Gievers of Tallahassee last week ruled against Managed Care of North America (MCNA Dental). She ordered the company to divulge certain records to Delta Dental. MCNA now must give up the names and locations of the dentists it contracts with. It’s the latest trade-secrets case in the news recently. Visit…

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Dental care vendor suing Healthy Kids over public records

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A company that manages dental benefits for the state children’s health insurance program is fighting the release of records it says contain “trade secrets.” Managed Care of North America (MCNA) sued the Florida Healthy Kids Corp. after it caught wind of a Tallahassee lawyer’s public records request. The company wants a Leon County circuit judge to declare the requested records off-limits because they contain “proprietary, confidential business information.” Judge James Hankinson granted a temporary injunction Monday, freezing the records pending a final…

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Medicaid expansion passes second Senate committee unanimously

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Despite testimony urging them to be wary of tapping into any increased Medicaid dollars, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services on Tuesday passed its Medicaid expansion bill that would provide coverage to an estimated 800,000 uninsured Floridians. Though the committee had been given three hours to debate and discuss SB 7044, sponsored by state Sen. Aaron Bean, it moved the bill in less than one hour. It passed unanimously despite opposition from Americans for Prosperity as well as…

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