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Senate confirms Justin Senior, Celeste Philip

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On Friday, the scheduled last day of the 2017 legislative session, the Florida Senate confirmed Gov. Rick Scott‘s picks to run the state’s health care agencies. The Senate approved Justin Senior to head the Agency for Health Care Administration and Celeste Philip to lead the Department of Health as Florida’s Surgeon General. The Florida Medical Association issued a statement Friday applauding the selections. “The Florida Medical Association is committed to ensuring every Floridian receives the best medical care possible, which…

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Confirmation of 4 Florida agency heads going to Senate floor

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The confirmation of four agency heads in Florida Gov. Rick Scott‘s administration will be headed to the Senate floor. The Ethics and Elections Committee on Monday voted in support of the confirmations of Jeffrey Bragg as Secretary of Elderly Affairs, Dr. Celeste Philip as Surgeon General, Justin Senior as Secretary of Health Care Administration and Glenn Sutphin as Director of Department of Veterans Affairs. All four are expected to be approved by the full Senate. Last year, Dr. John Armstrong…

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Florence Snyder: Florida’s opioid crisis, Part 5 – Hey Florida, talk to the hand!

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One hour isn’t much time for a Senate subcommittee “confirmation hearing” on the heads of the agencies as important to “health and human services” as the Department of Health and the Agency for Health Care Administration. But that’s what Health and Human Services Subcommittee Chair Anitere Flores allotted, and not one second longer. So, you’d think that AHCA’s acting secretary Justin Senior and DOH’s Interim Surgeon General Celeste Philip would each get a half-hour of the committee’s time … but you…

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Rick Scott to D.C.: Give us a Medicaid block grant

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott appears in Jacksonville with Vice-President Mike Pence Saturday, and the governor set up that meeting with some direct words about the future of Medicaid in the state. “Today, the State of Florida is requesting greater flexibility from the federal government in running our statewide Medicaid program so we can deliver high-quality care without layers of government bureaucracy,” Scott said. “My goal is to turn the top-down, Washington-knows-best approach of the Obama administration on its head by requesting flexibilities…

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Secretary Liz Dudek to retire from AHCA

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Liz Dudek, who moved up the ranks at Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration to become its leader, is retiring from the agency effective Oct. 3.   “Liz has been a part of my team since my first year in office and has spent over four decades serving Florida families,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement. “Under her leadership, we have worked to make hospitals more transparent and accomplished historic Medicaid reform,” he said. “She helped champion quality health…

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Tom Lee says early LIP talk good for state

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After six months of political jockeying, litigation, and one-upsmanship Florida and the federal government have agreed in principle to $1.6 billion in supplemental Medicaid funds over the next two years. Most of those funds, $1 billion, have been allocated in the budget Gov. Rick Scott signed into law on Tuesday. A little more than $600 million, though, still needs to be negotiated between Florida and the federal government. Which means, just because the special session is over, discussions over who gets…

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Budget signed, LIP deal formalized (sort of), health care done for now

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Just hours after Gov. Rick Scott quietly signed a state spending plan into effect, the federal government gave Florida a long-awaited “agreement in principle” letter that all but formalizes an agreement between Florida and the federal government on hospital funding for the next year. The coveted agreement, which the state had hoped to secure in April so the Legislature could draft a budget before the end of the 2015 regular legislative session, lays out a two-year agreement that expires in June…

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