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Florida business up in arms about 14.5 percent workers comp rate hike

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Florida employers knew a significant increase in workers’ compensation premiums was coming. That didn’t soften the blow that landed Tuesday, when the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation approved a 14.5 percent average premium hike on new and renewal policies, effective Dec. 1. “Since the decision by the Florida Supreme Court on the Castellanos case to return to hourly rate attorneys fees, we knew it was only a matter of time before a significant workers’ compensation rate increase was approved, ultimately…

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Florida Senate says no to Small Biz Saturday tax break

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Every smart shopper knows there’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The National Federation of Independent Business Florida wants to tuck “Small Business Saturday” between those days and has been advancing a proposal that would give shoppers a tax break for shopping locally owned, independent businesses. The tax holiday was in the House tax reduction package HB 33A, and economists predicted it would be a $40 million tax break between local and state taxes. The Senate–which had endorsed a similar proposal…

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Hospital meeting is two weeks away but still no word on Rick Scott’s appointments

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Gov. Rick Scott‘s blue-ribbon healthcare and hospital commission is meeting in two weeks but the Governor’s Office is quiet on the appointments. Scott created the commission via executive order last week. The order doesn’t mention how many members would be on the commission or if any of them would be lawmakers but it did note that the governor would appoint the executive director and that it would be staffed by the Agency for Health Care Administration. Though details haven’t been released,…

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New health option? Bill allows employers to enter direct primary care contracts

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Employers can sign prepaid contracts with primary care providers on behalf of their employees and it not be considered an insurance policy under an amended bill approved by a House subcommittee on Wednesday. The bill, HB 7047, was amended, with little to no debate and advanced by the House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee by a unanimous vote. It is being championed by the National Federation of Independent Business Florida as an alternative to Medicaid expansion. It also has the support…

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Medicaid expansion passes second Senate committee unanimously

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Despite testimony urging them to be wary of tapping into any increased Medicaid dollars, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services on Tuesday passed its Medicaid expansion bill that would provide coverage to an estimated 800,000 uninsured Floridians. Though the committee had been given three hours to debate and discuss SB 7044, sponsored by state Sen. Aaron Bean, it moved the bill in less than one hour. It passed unanimously despite opposition from Americans for Prosperity as well as…

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