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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 [...]

Kickoff Summer in SOGO

Kickoff Summer in SOGO

Press Release: There is no denying the warm weather is here to stay. The SOGO area of downtown Pensacola wants you to kick off the sunny season with Kickoff Summer in SOGO. In addition to the usual second Saturday SOGO Saturdays, Kickoff Summer in SOGO will be Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 11 [...]

Blue Wahoos win ‘Best Seat’ poll

Blue Wahoos win ‘Best Seat’ poll

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos stadium won MiLB.com's first-ever "Best Seat in the House" contest after fans across the nation voted the view from the Double-A club's field the best in the Minors. Read more.

Breaking news: Feds offer state $1 billion in LIP funds

Breaking news: Feds offer state $1 billion in LIP funds

State Senator Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) stopped by the Inweekly offices and reported that the federal government this morning has offered to fund $1 billion for the Low Income Pool for Florida. "However, the funds do come with conditions," said Gaetz, "One of which will be the dollars will follow [...]

Hospital panel probably will have little impact on session

Hospital panel probably will have little impact on session

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA With the Legislature set to meet in less than two weeks to begin hammering out a final agreement on health-care disputes that have caused a budget stalemate, a new hospital commission created by Gov. Rick Scott held its first meeting Wednesday. [...]

Connally named regional chair for Florida Chamber

Connally named regional chair for Florida Chamber

Stan Connally, president and CEO of Gulf Power Co., is the Florida Chamber's new Central Panhandle Regional Chairman. He was appointed by Chamber Chairman Steve Knopik, president and CEO of Bealls Inc. His role will be to work directly with Central Panhandle-area business and legislative leaders to [...]

Property appraiser expects assessments to be up (updated)

Property appraiser expects assessments to be up (updated)

Next week, Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones will send out his projections on the property assessments to the city of Pensacola and Escambia County. The final numbers won't come to until later, but the projections help local governments with their budget planning. Inweekly asked [...]

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