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Senate may balk at Rick Scott’s plan to hit hospitals over charity care

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Gov. Rick Scott‘s proposal to cut Medicaid reimbursement payments to profitable hospitals that stint on charity care may run into trouble in the Senate. During hearings Wednesday before the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, members including Chairwoman Anitere Flores raised objections. “The governor’s office has made some assumptions, based on the fact that some hospitals are very profitable, that they can afford a cut,” Flores said following the meeting. “I’m hearing very different things from our local hospitals,” she…

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Rene Garcia wants in on Rick Scott’s healthcare, hospital commission

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State Sen. Rene Garcia sent the governor a letter on Wednesday expressing his interest in serving on the new healthcare and hospital commission the governor created through an executive order. “Our state is facing many critical healthcare challenges and our hospitals are an important partner in providing services to Floridians in need of medical treatment,” Garcia said in a letter to Gov. Rick Scott. “My constituents include many patients of the Jackson Memorial Health Care System.” Additionally, Garcia, who chairs…

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