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Senate’s proposed hospital budget cuts, unlike House, spreads pain equally

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With the end of the Legislative Session mercifully (hopefully?) in sight, the discrepancies between Senate and House budgets on various issues are becoming more heightened. At times like these, the two sides need to learn how to swallow their pride when it’s clear one chamber has the better plan. This lesson would serve them — and the people of Florida, the ones they are supposed to be serving — when the subject turns to funding of our state’s hospitals. The…

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The day that was at the Florida Capitol — April 1

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This day at the state Capitol things began to happen. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson was in the House and Senate warning lawmakers that Washington wasn’t bluffing about ending a federal reimbursement program for safety-net hospitals. Nelson met with both Senate President Andy Gardiner and Speaker Steve Crisafulli. Concerning the Low Income Pool question. Nelson said, “The day of reckoning is here.” Read more here. Washington plans to end the Low Income Program in June, opening a big hole in next…

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Health care expansion or not, Safety Net Hospitals fared well in 2014

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Despite difficult economic times over the last few years and an obstinate stance against Medicaid expansion among the Florida House majority, you might expect safety-net hospitals to struggle to turn a profit. Not so, according to Phil Galewitz in Kaiser Health News: So-called safety-net hospitals, many of which are supported by local or county taxpayers, often struggle financially because they see a high proportion of patients that are either uninsured or enrolled in Medicaid, the state-federal program that pays less money…

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