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Senate counters House with Medicaid expansion but Tom Lee says other health care issues could be in play during an extended session

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The Florida Senate has not backed off its position that working uninsured Floridians need to have access to health insurance and that the Medicaid supplemental program known as Low Income Pool should remain intact. In a counteroffer to the House’s offer to put $200 million into healthcare financing the Senate held firm on its Medicaid expansion and puts $604.8 million in contingencies to offset LIP losses and to shore up Medicaid HMOs that are at risk because of increased pharmaceutical costs.…

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Capitol Preview: Money, press skits and the search for clarity

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This week politics at the state Capitol will be about money and a search for clarity. Legislators will get a better view of the hill they need to climb in building a state budget for the year beginning July 1. The Revenue Estimating Conference meets Tuesday and will count up how much tax money the state has collected so far and project how much more money will roll in by the end of June. These are the numbers lawmakers will use when…

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