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Today on Context Florida: Florida’s Great Bear Hunt, fixing balance billing and the Renewable Fuel Standard

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Today on Context Florida:

LBJ declared the War on Poverty; the GOP waged a War on Women; the state of Florida has never ceased its War on Nature. And on the latest front, says Diane Roberts – Bears! As of Monday, Florida’s got 300 fewer bears taking advantage of human hospitality, drinking our liquor, stealing our women and also our leftover pizza. The Great Bear Hunt was, according to the nice people at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Motto: Two legs good; four legs good target), a roaring success.

According to Dr. Jonathan H. Slonin, president of the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists, Carlos Trujillo’s House Bill 221 is not the way to fix balance billing. The problem comes when an insurer simply either refuses to pay for the care provided to their patient or offers a payment that is far below market value for that service. That becomes compounded when the patient thought they were covered and those who provided the care are then forced to turn to the unwary patient to cover the cost of providing that care. HB 221 only makes the situation worse.

With only a few remaining days in October, Ned Bowman, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, wants to highlight that this is National Manufacturing Month. Most people understand how vital the manufacturing industry is to a city, state and country. While the U.S. is making an effort to regulate emissions with the Clean Power Plan, another federal regulation – the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) – is counterproductive to those goals as well as the nation’s industrial needs.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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