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Anitere Flores bets on Washington intervention in Florida’s health care budget

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Sen. Anitere Flores has built a health care budget around $600 in federal money for indigent care that she concedes might never arrive. “If it doesn’t happen, look, we’ll have to reassess the situation,” Flores said this week during a hearing before the Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. “This is just the Senate’s version. There’s a whole other version that’s going on in the House,” she said. Pending negotiations with the House and Gov. Rick Scott, “I think it’s…

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Jim Rosica’s Top 10 stories of 2015 in state government

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From palace intrigues to pot, 2015 brought a plethora of material to the Capitol Press Corps. Trying to pick the top 10 state government stories is a subjective pursuit, to say the least, but here are the FloridaPolitics.com picks for the passing year: No. 1: The “firing” of Gerald Bailey Gov. Rick Scott actually forced out the state’s top cop in December 2014 but the repercussions of that move spilled well over into the new year. Scott originally announced Bailey’s…

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Tampa Bay Times ups its pressure on the Legislature to expand Medicaid

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As Florida lawmakers head back up to Tallahassee Monday morning to begin a Special Session necessary to finalize a state budget, the Tampa Bay Times is taking a strong stand in favor of expanding the state’s subsidized healthcare program. The Republican-controlled House adjourned its regular session three days early in late April over an impasse in the budget largely pertaining to healthcare funding. Florida still has not accepted $51 billion in federal dollars to expand Medicaid to 800,000 uninsured Floridians.…

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Pinellas legislators re-state the obvious: Biggest budget hurdle is LIP and Medicaid expansion

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As lawmakers prepare to head back to Tallahassee next week to kick off a three-week special session to pass a budget, three St. Pete-area representatives and a senator fielded questions from the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce about the business group’s priorities. The crew consisted of two Republicans – state Sen. Jeff Brandes and state Rep. Kathleen Peters – and two Democrats – state Reps. Darryl Rouson and Dwight Dudley. Among the Chamber’s top priorities are passing a budget that…

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Steve Crisafulli says House can now pass budget, after feds change mind on LIP

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Speaker Steve Crisafulli says the Florida House can start passing a budget in June, now that the state could receive disputed federal healthcare funds this year. Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to the state Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) indicating they will provide Low-Income Pool (LIP) funding for the next two fiscal years. However, the letter warned state officials to expect a huge drop in the federal hospital payment program at the heart of…

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Rick Scott defends his call for Florida hospitals to share the wealth

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Rick Scott‘s call for Florida hospitals to share their profits if the federal government refuses to authorize $2.2 billion in healthcare spending has been greeted as a form of socialism by critics, including some from his own party. “That’s government price controls,” Niceville-based GOP state Sen. Don Gaetz said in a recent radio interview. “That really brought the Soviet Union into a ‘Going Out of Business’ sale.” Earlier this month, Scott proposed to the Florida Hospital Association that if the U.S. Health and…

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Barack Obama hasn’t changed course on LIP, Medicaid

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The Obama administration said Wednesday it had not changed its position on Medicaid expansion and hospital funds, despite contrary interpretations from lawmakers. The confusion comes a day after Gov. Rick Scott filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Obama administration of coercing Florida into expanding Medicaid by withholding more than $1 billion in hospital funds. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a statement late Tuesday saying the low-income pool (LIP) hospital funding is not dependent on whether a state…

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