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House sets schedule for September committees

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Major policy committees will be first up when the House starts holding committee meetings in September to prepare for the 2018 legislative session, according to a tentative schedule posted online.

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Balance billing measure clears 2nd Senate panel

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A Senate panel on Tuesday OK’d a measure that would ban the practice of “balance billing,” when insurance companies often unexpectedly slam a customer with a high bill for using an out-of-network health care provider. The measure (SB 1442), carried by GOP state Sen. Rene Garcia of Hialeah, now moves from the Banking and Insurance Committee to Appropriations. The vote was unanimous: 11-0. Garcia’s aim is to get patients out from between the provider and the payer, meaning health insurance companies. A…

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2 health care bills pass final committee, next stop House floor

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Two health care-related bills had final hearings Wednesday, with each passing the House Health & Human Services Committee before heading to the full chamber floor. As reported by LobbyTools, HB 37 seeks to define agreements for services between patients and health providers, cutting out insurers. That bill unanimously passed after two amendments added by Rep. Fred Costello, the Ormond Beach Republican sponsoring the bill. One change will shorten advance written notice to terminate an agreement from 60 to 30 days. The other…

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Welcome (back) to the Florida House: Session 2015 A begins

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Speaker Steve Crisafulli set a brisk, all-business tone as the “people’s chamber” kicked off the first Special Session since a challenge to the body’s 2011 redistricting efforts brought the House back to Tallahassee in the summer for a quick cosmetic fix to a small number of seats. But this session is something else altogether. With billions of dollars separating the chambers and major legislative priorities on all sides left very much unresolved, Crisafulli is preparing for by far the greatest test…

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