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Flood insurance, HMO liability legislation clear Senate committee

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A Senate committee approved bills Tuesday that would encourage Florida insurers to write flood insurance as an alternative to expensive federal coverage, and would allow patients to sue HMOs for declining to cover doctors’ treatment recommendations in bad faith. “Why shouldn’t the HMOs be held liable for the decisions they make and the doctors aren’t making, and people are dying? I just don’t think that’s equitable,” said Sen. Greg Steube, the Sarasota Republican behind SB 262, the HMO bill. Existing…

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Lawmakers make case for dental carve-out bill at Session’s end

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On Day 60 of the 2016 Legislative Session and with passage of a bill to separate children’s dental insurance under Medicaid from other medical coverage secured, GOP lawmakers held a press conference to garner support for their plan and potentially avert a veto from Gov. Rick Scott. Senate President-designate Joe Negron and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz spoke to reporters to burnish their bill, saying it is keeping with national trends and would more efficiently administer care. Both legislators said having a separate policy and benefit…

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Hospitals, HMOs asked to give Rick Scott’s commission info about finances, employees, top procedures and costs

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To prepare for the first meeting of the Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding  next week in Tallahassee Gov. Rick Scott sent Florida hospitals and HMOs a letter requesting they provide detailed information about their finances in a form provided to them by the government. Hospitals are being asked to provide information between 2006 and 2013 as well data on the 10 leading inpatient, outpatient and emergency department procedures performed at their hospitals and the prices for those procedures. HMOs are being…

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