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House, Senate still stuck in health debate

House, Senate still stuck in health debate

By BRANDON LARRABEE AND MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A rare June special session began Monday with legislative leaders promising to get done with the unfinished business left over from their annual spring meeting: passing a spending plan for the budget year that begins July [...]

Feds wary of Scott’s LIP plan

Feds wary of Scott’s LIP plan

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is wary of approving a state proposal for helping fund hospitals without knowing more about Florida's plan for the future, an official said Friday. The statement came as the two sides try to work out an agreement on how to fund hospitals [...]

Special Session begins today, health care opens spurring

Special Session begins today, health care opens spurring

How the state provides health care coverage for its low income families could be decided over the next 20 days as the Florida Legislature hammers out a budget for FY 2016. Governor Rick Scott has spent much of the past month attacking a plan proposed by the Florida Senate. He created a [...]

BTW HCA gave $100k to Scott PAC

BTW HCA gave $100k to Scott PAC

HCA, the for-profit health care system that stands to make $72 million under AHCA's proposed LIP/Medicaid plan, donated $100,000 to Governor Rick Scott's political committee the same day he appointed his commission on hospitals. Coincidence?

MCM-BAP deal falls apart

MCM-BAP deal falls apart

Another city deal appears to have fallen apart, according to Pensacola Today's Shannon Nickinson. In her article "Choices for Maritime Park coming to City Council," which was posted this morning, Nickinson reports that Michael McShea and Lee Ann Korst of CBRE sent City COO Tamara Fountain a [...]

Navy Federal: Best Place to Work for Millennials

Navy Federal: Best Place to Work for Millennials

Navy Federal Credit Union announced today it has been recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Millennials” by The Center for Generational Kinetics, a global leader in researching and understanding Millennials. The list, which comes on the heels of news that Millennials have surpassed Gen Xers [...]

Americans for Prosperity attack Senate LIP plan

Americans for Prosperity attack Senate LIP plan

Americans for Prosperity, conservative political advocacy groups established by David and Charles Koch, released a new ad today to fight the Florida Senate's plan to provide health care to low-income, uninsured Floridians. It's title is "Medicaid is wrong for Florida." "The Florida Senate's [...]

Baptist, Sacred Heart and Santa Rosa Medical will lose nearly $2.5 million under Scott LIP replacement plan

Baptist, Sacred Heart and Santa Rosa Medical will lose nearly $2.5 million under Scott LIP replacement plan

Governor Rick Scott is still going after hospitals. Of Pensacola's three hospitals, West Florida Hospital is the only one that will benefit from his proposed plan to replace Low Income Pool (LIP) funds. West Florida is part of HCA, the for-profit health care system that Scott once [...]

League asks state lawmakers to give up their health insurance until statewide plan approved

League asks state lawmakers to give up their health insurance until statewide plan approved

The League of Women Voters of Florida State president Pamela Goodman yesterday challenged Florida lawmakers to suspend their state-paid subsidized health care coverage--for which they pay $180 a month for the family plan -- until all Floridians have the option of affordable health care [...]

Breaking News: Judge throws out last Charlotte’s Web challenge

Breaking News: Judge throws out last Charlotte’s Web challenge

Judge W. David Watkins has thrown out the last challenge against the rules established by the Florida Department of Health for Charlotte's Web. The application period for the five licenses allowing nurseries to grow low-THC marijuana and dispense medicinal oil prepared from the plants will begin in [...]

Amended Senate health care plan for the uninsured not welcomed by Scott and House

Amended Senate health care plan for the uninsured not welcomed by Scott and House

The Florida Senate's FHIX (Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange) is not getting much praise from Gov. Rick Scott and Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli. Senate President Andy Gardiner has pitched FHIX as a way to make hospitals whole in light of the federal government's decision [...]

Florida Senate offers health care compromise

Florida Senate offers health care compromise

Senate President Andy Gardiner sent out today a press release on an amended Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange - a key component of the Senate's plan to cover uninsured, low-income families. "These adjustments are the product of feedback from Senators, constituents and other [...]

UWF signs memorandum of understanding with Space Florida

UWF signs memorandum of understanding with Space Florida

Space Florida, the state’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the University of West Florida Center for Research and Economic Opportunity to further develop Florida’s cybersecurity technologies. CREO’s mission includes [...]

Scott spins mediocre Pensacola labor numbers

Scott spins mediocre Pensacola labor numbers

The latest statistics from the Florida Department of Employment Opportunity show that Escambia County added more 22 jobs in April 2015 than the county had in April 2014. Santa Rosa County added 106 jobs for the same period. Escambia County's unemployment rate improved dropping from 6.0 percent [...]

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