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Bill Nelson calls for federal intervention over kids’ health care

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson Tuesday called on federal health officials “to exercise oversight and enforcement authority to protect more than 13,000 Florida children with special needs,” who he says were wrongly taken out of the state’s specialized care program. The Department of Health, however, has refuted a CNN report that spurred Nelson’s concern, saying it “demonstrates a misunderstanding of Florida’s Medicaid system, the health insurance industry and the ethical standards of the State of Florida.”

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Disgraced former WellCare exec looking to cash out

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In May 2014, former WellCare Chief Executive Todd Farha of Tampa was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of defrauding the Florida Medicaid program. Farha, along with WellCare executives, Paul Behrens and William Kale, former vice president of government and regulatory affairs, had orchestrated a scheme from the summer of 2003 through the fall of 2007 to defraud the state of over $30 million by submitting exaggerated expense reports. Along with the federal prison term, Farha was fined…

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Pam Bondi says supporting company being investigated was mistake

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says she was wrong to urge Medicare to pay for high-priced and unnecessary drug screening tests from a company being investigated for defrauding Florida Medicaid of millions. Bondi told The Palm Beach Post in an email Friday that she never should have issued a 2014 letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services supporting the tests performed by Millennium Laboratories. Bondi explained in her email that she believed the letter, drafted by her staff, only…

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House panel kills bill to change Medicaid dental programs for children

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On Tuesday, a Florida House panel killed a bill attempting to overhaul the Florida Medicaid program that provides dental care to children. With a 6-6 tie, the House Health Innovation Subcommittee shelved HB 601, filed by Tequesta Republican state Rep. MaryLynn Magar. In the state’s new Medicaid managed-care structure, HMOs and other plans are responsible for offering dental care services to children in the system. HB 601 sought to take pediatric dental services away from the broader Medicaid managed-care program, and…

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