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Rick Scott reverses course, opposes Medicaid expansion

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday reversed his position on Medicaid expansion, again announcing he will not support providing access to health care for 800,000 uninsured Floridians as called for under the federal healthcare law. After Florida Politics reported the governor’s office would not answer questions on Medicaid expansion on Friday his office released the following statement: “Our priority is to cut more than $600 million in taxes this session and get K-12 education funding up to record levels while…

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Florida senators meet with feds over health care money

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Amid growing budget discord that could derail this year’s session of the Florida Legislature, Senate President Andy Gardiner dispatched two top Republican senators to Washington to talk with federal officials about more than $1 billion in healthcare grants the state could soon lose. Gardiner, an Orlando Republican who works for a hospital, took the unusual step even as top officials with the administration of Gov. Rick Scott are directly negotiating with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and…

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In St. Pete, Rick Scott expresses frustration with the feds over LIP program funding

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One argument used consistently by House Republicans in Florida over the past three years to explain why they’ve rejected Medicaid expansion is that they say the federal government will renege on its financial promises. The Obama administration has said that any state that accepts Medicaid funding to help insure more people under the Affordable Care Act will have the first three years of the program paid for exclusively by the feds, with the state having to chip in just 10…

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