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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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Tom Lee says early LIP talk good for state

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After six months of political jockeying, litigation, and one-upsmanship Florida and the federal government have agreed in principle to $1.6 billion in supplemental Medicaid funds over the next two years. Most of those funds, $1 billion, have been allocated in the budget Gov. Rick Scott signed into law on Tuesday. A little more than $600 million, though, still needs to be negotiated between Florida and the federal government. Which means, just because the special session is over, discussions over who gets…

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Rick Scott: ‘It took a lawsuit’ to get LIP agreement

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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday claimed victory after the federal government notified the state of an “agreement in principle” that lays the framework for how Florida can spend $1.6 billion in supplemental Medicaid spending over the next four years. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Director Vikki Wachino‘s coveted agreement letter for the Low Income Pool came just hours after Scott signed the 2015-16 budget into law, putting to rest the debate over appropriate healthcare funding and how much federal money…

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Budget signed, LIP deal formalized (sort of), health care done for now

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Just hours after Gov. Rick Scott quietly signed a state spending plan into effect, the federal government gave Florida a long-awaited “agreement in principle” letter that all but formalizes an agreement between Florida and the federal government on hospital funding for the next year. The coveted agreement, which the state had hoped to secure in April so the Legislature could draft a budget before the end of the 2015 regular legislative session, lays out a two-year agreement that expires in June…

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Gov. Scott slashes $461 million in special projects

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Rick Scott vetoed  $461.4 million in special projects when he signed the fiscal year 2015-16 budget  early Tuesday morning, in his office and not in the public. No governor has vetoed more in cash projects than Scott did early this morning, his staff claims in a prepared statement. Included in the  veto list: $15 million for a University of Central Florida building; $13.65 million for Dispersed Water Management; $9.5 million for Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics; $3 million for…

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Lawmakers building a veto-proof healthcare budget

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Florida’s legislative leaders are trying to make the healthcare financing decisions they made during the June special session veto-proof. The Florida House and Senate were at odds throughout the 2015 regular legislative session on health care spending and policy. Indeed, the inability to agree on how much additional Medicaid funding to include the budget was the reason the chamber’s didn’t pass a budget on time. But that was then and this is now. House and Senate leaders not only agreed…

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Hearing in LIP lawsuit scratched; Rick Scott, Sylvia Burwell won’t have to appear in court

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A federal judge in Pensacola canceled an evidentiary hearing scheduled for Friday that could have required Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell to appear in court. Judge M. Casey Rodgers issued a one-page ruling on Wednesday saying that lawyers for Scott had filed a notice with the federal court to withdraw their motion for a preliminary injunction. With no motion for preliminary injunction, the evidentiary hearing isn’t necessary. In her…

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