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Rick Scott warns Barack Obama that he won’t use state dollars to ‘backfill’ LIP loss

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Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter to the President Barack Obama Wednesday advising the president that he will not use state dollars to “backfill” any loss of federal “low income pool” or LIP money used to both help fund health-care programs and train doctors. Gov. Scott assumed the funds would be intact when he crafted his proposed budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, despite being told last year by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that the program would expire June…

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Rick Scott offers some health-care advice to Barack Obama in POLITICO op-ed

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for POLITICO advising President Barack Obama that he should remodel the health exchange and allow low-income people to establish individual savings accounts if the Supreme Court of the United States rules in King v. Burwell that tax subsidies on the federal exchange are illegal. Florida did not establish its own health exchange and there are 1.6 million Floridians using the health exchange to purchase Obamacare plans, according to federal data. That data also indicates that…

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2015 Legislative Session Preview: Big tobacco, Brecht Heuchan, and the most interesting food fight this Session

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Almost all of the headlines surrounding the annual session of the Florida Legislature will have already been written by the time lawmakers are gaveled into business on March 3. Those headlines will involve calls to expand Medicaid; a budget hole created by the federal government’s refusal to fund the Low Income Pool health care program; how to spend the money derived from Amendment 1,  etc. You’ll read about gambling and water and Uber and grad school tuition and tax breaks and…

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