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Lawmakers tasked with negotiating the state’s health care budget agreed late Thursday night to a smaller shift in reimbursement funding for hospitals’ Medicaid cases, meaning hospitals with the largest fractions of those cases may not face nearly as severe a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Naked Politics
Lawmakers tasked with negotiating the state’s health care budget agreed late Thursday night to a smaller shift in reimbursement funding for hospitals’ Medicaid cases, meaning hospitals with the largest fractions of those cases may not face nearly as severe a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Naked Politics
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Florida House Democrats have chosen their leaders for the next two election cycles through 2024, settling the chain of succession for much of the foreseeable future as party members acknowledge they must win more seats to hold meaningful power in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at Naked Politics
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The Florida House advanced its first counteroffer on how to reimburse hospitals for Medicaid cases late Wednesday night, suggesting that it and the state Senate were moving toward a potential compromise on one of the thorniest disputes between the chambers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2019 at Naked Politics
Despite some early policy roadbumps, the Senate’s health care budget panel is waving through more healthcare priority bills backed by the Florida House, chief among them a plan endorsed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to allow importing drugs from Canada. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at Naked Politics
The Florida House is set to take up allowing needle exchanges beyond Miami-Dade, after the House Health and Human Services committee voted Tuesday to advance a bill that would let other counties create their own programs with the approval of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Naked Politics
A bill that would require minors to have parental consent for abortions is now moving through the Florida Senate, after the Senate Health Policy committee voted Monday to advance the bill. The 5-4 vote was largely along party lines. SB... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at Naked Politics
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A bill prioritized by the Florida House that would eliminate regulations on where hospitals can build or add beds is moving again in the Senate, as legislative leaders begin putting pressure on passing their top bills and negotiate toward agreement... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at Naked Politics
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Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed a Leon County judge Tuesday to sit on the circuit court that handles most of the litigation involving the state government in Tallahassee, replacing a long-time judge who handed a string of legal defeats to his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at Naked Politics
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House Speaker José Oliva’s top-priority push to eliminate the state’s certificate of need program for hospitals and other healthcare facilities hit a roadblock in the Senate Monday, as the lawmaker sponsoring its pared-back companion said she was putting off the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at Naked Politics
The Florida House is expected to take up repealing the state’s certificate of need process for healthcare facilities next week, after a second and final committee approved advancing the bill Thursday. HB 21, sponsored by Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2019 at Naked Politics
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A recurring bill that would extend how long non-hospital providers can keep patients after surgical procedures cleared its first House committee stop Wednesday, along with an amendment that rolls in a second proposal allowing some of those centers to deliver... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2019 at Naked Politics
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Citing a lawsuit from former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel challenging his suspension, the president of the Florida Senate said Tuesday he is putting Israel's scheduled hearing before the chamber on hold until the lawsuit is resolved. Senate President Bill Galvano,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at Naked Politics
A bill building off Gov. Ron DeSantis’ call to import prescription drugs from Canada cleared its first committee stop Tuesday, amid ongoing concerns from some lawmakers about how a potential program would be structured and how much it might save... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at Naked Politics
Citing multiple deaths of patients after botched plastic surgeries in South Florida, a Senate committee voted Monday to advance a proposal that would tighten regulations for offices performing such procedures across the state. Members of the Senate Health Policy committee... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at Naked Politics
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@elizabethrkoh @kmcgrory A proposal to increase oversight of children’s heart surgery programs in Florida cleared its first legislative hurdle in a state Senate committee today. The Senate Health Policy Committee voted unanimously to advance SB 1126, which would let teams... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at Naked Politics
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If Congress or the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Affordable Care Act, Florida should still ensure patients with pre-existing conditions are able to secure health insurance, a Senate committee said Monday. Members of the Senate Health Policy committee agreed unanimously... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at Naked Politics
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House Speaker Jose Oliva apologized Friday for repeatedly referring to pregnant women as "host bodies" in an interview with CBS Miami’s Jim DeFede about abortion, which was released Thursday night. The Miami Lakes Republican in a statement apologized multiple times... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2019 at Naked Politics
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A proposal from Gov. Ron DeSantis to reduce prescription drug prices by importing medications from Canada is drawing concerns from the leader of the Florida Senate, who said Friday he worries parts of a plan sketched out by the House... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2019 at Naked Politics
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A state Senate committee voted Tuesday to advance a proposal that would allow needle exchange programs statewide — with a key amendment that allows county commissions to decide if a program can open in their area. SB 366 would expand... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at Naked Politics
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A proposal to allow patients at ambulatory surgical centers to stay overnight was approved by the Senate Health Policy committee Tuesday, with a promise from its sponsor that she would not seek to further extend how long patients can remain... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at Naked Politics
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@elizabethrkoh Most former felons now have the right to vote, but legislative guidance is still needed to help implement Amendment 4, a panel of officials told a joint House committee Thursday. The amendment, which was approved by more than 60... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at Naked Politics
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@elizabethrkoh Susan Bucher, the former Palm Beach County supervisor of elections who was suspended earlier this month, said Monday she would not contest the decision before the Florida Senate and submitted her resignation. In a statement, reported by Sun Sentinel... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at Naked Politics
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@kmcgrory U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor of Tampa, Charlie Crist of St. Petersburg and Florida’s 11 other Democratic members of Congress urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to do something that Republicans have refused to do: expand Medicaid. “The citizens of Florida have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at Naked Politics
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@elizabethrkoh Newly inaugurated Gov. Ron DeSantis issued two executive orders to cap his first day in office Tuesday night, just hours after he was sworn in on the steps of the state's historic Old Capitol. After addressing lawmakers in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at Naked Politics