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Supreme Court: Attorneys can collect fees for claim bill work

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The Legislature can’t limit the amount of attorney fees to be paid out of money it OKs for a claim bill, a narrowly divided Florida Supreme Court decided. The 4-3 opinion was one of nine in an unusual out-of-calendar release from the court this Tuesday. The Supreme Court normally releases opinions 11 a.m. on Thursdays. Senior Justice James E.C. Perry and Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy A. Quince were in the majority. Justices Charles Canady, Ricky Polston…

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House budget eliminates LIP but assumes local dollars will be sent up to fund health care

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When the Florida House unveiled its budget in March leaders said it contained no supplemental Medicaid dollars that are used to help finance Florida hospitals called the Low Income Pool. But the budget contains about $800 million in “hospital rate enhancements.” Although the enhancements are not technically part of the LIP program they are funded with local tax dollars that are sent to the state for the program. The assumption is local intergovernmental transfers will continue to be sent to the…

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