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Rob Bradley talks pot, Rick Scott and the people’s business

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When the Senate broke for lunch on Wednesday, state Sen. Rob Bradley engaged the Capitol Press Corps in a discussion of dead bills, a broken session and the Senate healthcare proposal to provide coverage to uninsured workers. Q: SPB 7066, a rewrite of the medicinal marijuana law died yesterday. Do you intend to bring it back next session or will you do another rewrite? Bradley: I want to see what happens with the administrative law judge and how that comes…

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Senate OKs health board appointees, but not Department of Health secretary

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The Senate on Wednesday approved appointees to the boards of medicine, nursing, podiatry,  dentistry, chiropractic medicine and physical therapy, among others, without fanfare. The boards are located within the Florida Department of Health and charged with regulating healthcare professionals. The Senate had not, however, moved to confirm the secretary of the Florida Department of Health, John Armstrong, M.D. Armstrong appeared before the Senate Health Policy Committee earlier this month but was not confirmed by the panel after refusing to answer questions…

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Rick Scott’s executive appointments may be in trouble after all

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Senate President Andy Gardiner isn’t making any promises that the Senate will confirm Gov. Rick Scott‘s appointments for agency heads. Gardiner said he couldn’t make any assurances that the Senate would confirm any of the governor’s appointments, including Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Liz Dudek, who transformed the state’s Medicaid program into a mandatory managed-care health delivery system. Gardiner told reporters earlier in the month that he would not let the impasse over healthcare financing and Medicaid expansion interfere…

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Senate grills, then confirms AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek

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The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee voted 8-1 to approve Liz Dudek‘s appointment as head of the state Agency for Health Care Administration but only after she answered more than an hour’s worth of questions regarding Low Income Pool funding, Medicaid expansion and how negotiations are evolving with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Senators asked some pointed questions and Dudek–a longtime state healthcare planner who is held in high regard by the Florida Legislature–gave senators the answers…

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Andy Gardiner says Senate won’t play games with Rick Scott’s health nominees

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The Florida Senate isn’t going to play games with Gov. Rick Scott’s executive appointments in the wake of the Medicaid meltdown that is occurring in Tallahassee. Senate President Andy Gardiner on Wednesday told reporters that he holds Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Liz Dudek in high regard and doesn’t see her nomination to run the state’s Medicaid agency at risk. “I like the secretary a lot and I have a tremendous amount of respect for her,” Gardiner said. He…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.8.15 — Medicaid expansion. Again.

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Greetings from the Motel 6 off the Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee, where things are getting increasingly hot in the Capitol. Literally. Today’s temperatures are supposed to hover near 90 degrees. That’s not a record, but temps here — like in the Tampa Bay area — are consistently running around 7-8 degrees warmer than usual for early spring. And it’s getting hot between the state Senate, House and Gov. Rick Scott regarding — what else? — Medicaid expansion. Yesterday a Senate committee…

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Senate delays action on John Armstrong’s nomination for Health Dep’t secretary after he refuses to say whether he supports a Medicaid expansion

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The Senate Health Policy Committee on Tuesday delayed Department of Health Secretary John Armstrong‘s confirmation process after the secretary refused to answer whether expanding Medicaid would improve Floridians’ healthcare outcomes or whether he supported the Senate’s alternative proposal to expand Medicaid. State Sen. Aaron Bean asked Armstrong to return soon and said the committee looked forward to continung the hearing “very soon.” Initially, state Sen. Don Gaetz asked Armstrong about his position on the Oregon Medicaid health insurance experiment, which used a lottery system…

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