Special session over, spotlight on hospitals continues

A panel formed by Gov. Scott to examine the finances of hospitals held its first meeting Wed. since the end of two legislative sessions dominated by those issues, as Scott signaled he would continue pushing for changes.

07/02/2015 | admin | 0

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Ruling keeps coverage for Floridians, but doesn't end debate

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a crucial interpretation of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, preserving health insurance for more than 1 million Floridians but providing no larger solutions to the national or statewide divisions on the law.

06/26/2015 | admin | 0

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Feds say hospital funding deal reached 'in principle'

After months of wrangling about the issue, a top federal official Tuesday outlined a deal to continue Florida's Low Income Pool health-funding program for two years.

06/23/2015 | admin | 0

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Summer Break... Finally!

After 108 days of session and debate, no one really got what they wanted. In general, we feel the session went well for physicians as none of the major scope of practice expansion bills passed, and the LIP funds for 2015-2016 were secured.

06/23/2015 | admin | 0

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Lingering issues raise possibility of another session

Officially, as of Tuesday, there will be 85 days left until the Legislature returns for committee meetings and 203 days left until the 2016 legislative session begins. But there are questions about whether another session might become necessary this year.

06/22/2015 | admin | 0

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Budget votes finally send lawmakers home

After two sessions, 108 days and one rancorous health-care debate, the final gavels fell Friday in the House and Senate following approval of a $78.7 billion budget that settled few of the issues dividing the Capitol.

06/19/2015 | admin | 0

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On eve of session's end, House members spar over budget

The long-delayed end of the 2015 legislative process drew into view Thursday, as lawmakers prepared to pass a budget for the year that begins July 1 and leave Tallahassee after a nearly three-week special session.

06/18/2015 | admin | 0

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Scott scraps injunction bid in 'LIP' lawsuit

Pointing to a budget agreement reached by lawmakers, Gov. Scott's attorneys Tuesday withdrew a request for a preliminary injunction in a legal battle with the Obama administration about health-care funding, according to a notice filed in federal court.

06/17/2015 | admin | 0

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State budget settles health care funding (maybe)

A message from EVP Bryan Campbell regarding the state budget: For the first time in the 2015 calendar year, it appears that the formula for health care spending in Florida might finally be clear. Or maybe not.

06/16/2015 | admin | 0

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Lawmakers strike deal, pour $301M into last-minute projects

House and Senate budget negotiators struck a deal on a state spending plan late Monday night, pouring $301 million into projects at the last minute and closing out one of the more-raucous legislative debates in recent years.

06/16/2015 | admin | 0

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