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Why are Safety Net Hospitals crying foul over $134 million in new funding?

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It’s hard to criticize Florida’s safety net hospitals. They are the last-resort centers that provide medical care to uninsured or under-insured people. Who could argue against doing everything possible for such a deserving cause, right? But with those hospitals screaming about a proposed state funding formula, maybe we should all take a moment to catch our breath and look at the bigger picture. What we’ll see is that all Florida hospitals – even the for-profit institutions so easy to demonize in this kind of discussion…

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Andy Gardiner hopes to avoid health care funding dramas of last Session

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Senate President Andy Gardiner says he expects a productive 2016 Legislative Session without the turmoil that fractured last session. Gardiner, a Republican, spoke to FloridaPolitics.com Thursday in a pre-session interview. House Speaker Steve Crisafulli is scheduled to hold a similar question-and-answer session with news media next Friday. But the issue that caused the last Session to implode without a state budget – health care funding – is still at play. Florida uses a pot of local and federal cash, called the Low Income…

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Kathy Castor rallies support for Senate Medicaid plan

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is calling on Florida House Republicans to approve a plan to extend subsidized health coverage to 800,000 uninsured Floridians. During a press conference at the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Castor rallied a couple of House Democrats, a union VP and a hospital representative in an attempt to demonstrate broad support for a Senate proposal that would draw down $51 billion in federal funding to pay for expanded health coverage for the working poor. The GOP-controlled…

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In Tallahassee, Mayor Alvin Brown calls on statehouse to expand health care

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Just three weeks before a May 19 runoff election that will decide whether the incumbent Jacksonville mayor is retained or replaced by the hard-charging Republican campaign of former state Republican Chair Lenny Curry, Mayor Alvin Brown came up to the fourth floor of the Capitol — where the magic happens — to call on the House to take action in favor of expanding healthcare coverage. In remarks that were at times drowned out by the ambient bustle of legislative business, Brown made…

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Tales from Tallahassee: Dwight Dudley is a speck of blue in a sea of red

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It’s not easy being a Democrat in the Florida Legislature. Most major initiatives get blocked by a sea of red and bills typically opposed by those few lawmakers on the left breeze right by despite vehement protest. That’s where state Rep. Dwight Dudley’s at right now a little more than half way through this year’s legislative session. To him, the biggest issue facing Democrats in the House this year, and even Republicans in the Senate, is Medicaid expansion and Low…

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Day 1 with Andy Gardiner: Medicaid, greyhounds, water and a ‘long way to go’

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Senate President Andy Gardiner spoke with reporters for about 10 minutes Tuesday after the Senate adjourned its first session of the 2015 legislative session. The discussion highlighted the differences separating the House and Senate as they begin writing a state budget and addressing other priorities. While the Senate is focused on prison reform, providing access to health care for the uninsured and new regulations for greyhound racing, the House priorities include a gambling initiative, water policy and changes to the…

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