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FMA agenda: Florida’s doctors want insurance companies to get out of their way

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The Florida Medical Association released its legislative priorities for 2017; removing interference by insurance companies in doctor’s decisions about patient care is prominent on the list. “The FMA believes in promoting the highest standards of medical care, maintaining choice for patients in a free-market health care system, and preserving the sacred relationship between patients and their physicians,” the document says. “The best way to achieve these objectives is by advocating for public policy that establishes fair and transparent insurance markets, reduces…

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House candidate Erin Grall says lobbyist Chip Case’s email is “unprofessional”

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If you work in the political process, your email inbox won’t go five minutes without being filled with yet another fundraising appeal from some candidate running for some office. Representing multi-million dollar companies, Florida lobbyists are especially inundated with these solicitations for campaign donations. Ninety-nine percent of the time, these emails are deleted as quickly as they arrive. That is, unless your email has the misfortune of landing in Chip Case‘s inbox. “Don’t send me your shit,” is how Case began…

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Denise Grimsley: Health care top issue for 2017 Legislature

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Health care, and expanded Medicaid funds offered by the federal government, are still on the minds of many Floridians if a barrage of questions from Tuesday’s Tiger Bay of Polk County luncheon is any indication. State Sen. Denise Grimsley, a Sebring Republican, came to the lunch prepared to discuss the accomplishments of the 2016 Florida Legislature. But as one of the key experts on health care and nursing in the Senate, she fielded many health legislation questions by the audience,…

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Republican committees post 6-figure hauls in first days of 2016

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Lawmakers could only raise money for the first 11 days of the year, but that didn’t stop some of the top Republicans in Legislature the posting six-figure hauls to start the year. Campaign and committee finance reports aren’t due until Wednesday, though Sen. Bill Galvano’s political committee, Innovate Florida, leads early filers after posting $216,000 raised in January. That haul came across in just 31 contributions, including three checks for $25,000 from the Florida Medical Association PAC, optometry group OD-EYEPAC,…

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Praise for Carlos Trujillo

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Has anyone else but me noticed that there have been more than a few stories on controversial bills that carry the name “Trujillo“? Good for him. Too often, too many lawmakers come to Tallahassee to go along and get along. But when you choose to take on the FMA or Publix or abortion clinics in your career – that takes guts. But when you take them on all at once in three different bills, well, that’s worthy of a 10-gallon…

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Florida Medical Association installs Ralph Nobo as president for 2015-2016

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Dr. Ralph Nobo, Jr. has become the 139th president of the Florida Medical Association. Nobo, an obstetrician/gynecologist in private practice in Bartow, was officially sworn in last Saturday at the 2015 FMA Annual Meeting at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort in Orlando. “Dr. Nobo has served organized medicine and the FMA at every level, and he is a tireless advocate for Florida physicians and their patients,” said FMA Executive Vice President Timothy Stapleton in a statement. “He is also…

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FMA priority bill gets second Senate hearing but it’s lingering in the House

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The Florida Medical Association is championing a bill that would limit an HMO or insurance company’s ability to restrict access to pharmaceuticals or other covered services is being heard by its second committee in the Senate this week. The Senate Health Policy Committee will take up the Right Time Right Place bill, SB 784, when it meets today at 1:30 p.m; it’s the second committee stop for the bill. If approved by the Senate Health Policy Committee, the measure will head to…

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