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Agencies respond to Rick Scott’s request for critical needs

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Florida agencies responded to Gov. Rick Scott‘s call to identify critical needs that may be jeopardized if the state’s budget expires this summer, including processing $152 million in child support services a month, ensuring uninterrupted supervision of incarcerated individuals and selling Lottery tickets. From the Office of Insurance Regulation to the Department of Management Services to the Division of Emergency Management, agencies submitted their lists to the governor identifying what services would be eliminated. The Fish and Wildlife Commission advised…

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Hospital meeting is two weeks away but still no word on Rick Scott’s appointments

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Gov. Rick Scott‘s blue-ribbon healthcare and hospital commission is meeting in two weeks but the Governor’s Office is quiet on the appointments. Scott created the commission via executive order last week. The order doesn’t mention how many members would be on the commission or if any of them would be lawmakers but it did note that the governor would appoint the executive director and that it would be staffed by the Agency for Health Care Administration. Though details haven’t been released,…

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Rick Scott defends Medicaid remarks, says he was ‘editorialized’

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Rick Scott‘s office came out fighting Friday after The Associated Press published a story saying that the governor “conceded” that his earlier support of a Medicaid expansion was a “ruse.” “The AP incorrectly characterized the governor’s comments,” said a news release issued by Scott’s Communications Director Jackie Schutz. Scott was asked by a reporter at a media availability Thursday whether his support of the expansion in 2013 was a “lie.” Scott avoided directly answering the question and said his 2013…

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Scott Administration acknowledges Low Income Pool won’t be extended

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For weeks the administration of Florida Gov. Rick Scott has downplayed the expected loss of more than $1 billion in federal funds that goes to hospitals that treat the poor and uninsured. But that changed on Friday as it is becoming more evident that the state must come up with an alternative solution in order to avoid making deep spending cuts in this year’s budget. Scott’s main spokeswoman, Jackie Schutz, acknowledged that the federal government would not renew the low-income…

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