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Senate passes health insurer regulations, while House stalls

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Two health insurer regulations passed the Senate floor unanimously Thursday, while similar House measures stall in committee. LobbyTools reports that Senators passed SB 102, which prohibit health insurers and health maintenance organizations from retroactive claim denial after verifying the eligibility of a patient, which usually occurs during a post-payment audit. Members also passed SB 182, a bill preventing insurers from removing prescription medications from coverage after the contract is signed. But according to LobbyTools, House versions of the two Senate…

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Judicial panel recommends judge’s suspension for impairment

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A Florida judicial panel is recommending that a Miami-Dade County judge be suspended from the bench because of evidence she was impaired at a restaurant and at work. The Judicial Qualifications Commission panel made the recommendation Monday pending the outcome of Judge Jacqueline Schwartz‘s case. The Florida Supreme Court must decide whether to approve the recommendation. An investigation found that Schwartz appeared to be impaired on March 18 at a Coconut Grove restaurant, where witnesses said she berated waiters and…

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