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HCA offers a solution to health care crisis

HCA offers a solution to health care crisis

HCA, the for-profit health care system that Rick Scott once served as its CEO, has sent a letter to the governor offering a solution to replace the Low Income Pool. HCA has 46 hospitals in Florida, including West Florida Hospital in Pensacola. It recommends that state increase base Medicaid [...]

Gaetz: ‘Continuation budgets; that’s Washington talk’

Gaetz: ‘Continuation budgets; that’s Washington talk’

State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) mocked Governor Rick Scott's efforts to force Florida hospitals to share their revenues with less profitable facilities. On the radio show "Pensacola Speaks, he said, "When Governor Scott, who as you know made probably hundreds of millions of dollars buying and [...]

Scott begins hospital witch hunt May 20

Scott begins hospital witch hunt  May 20

Gov. Rick Scott's newly created panel on health-care funding is scheduled to spend 90 minutes next week receiving overviews of issues such as hospital financial data, the Low Income Pool and what is known as the "certificate of need" process, according to an agenda posted on the governor's website. [...]

Scott takes socialistic approach to health care for low income families

Scott takes socialistic approach to health care for low income families

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that, like Major League Baseball teams, hospitals should share profits if the federal government refuses to authorize $2.2 billion in health-care spending. In a letter to the president of the Florida Hospital [...]

Special Session set for June. Governor comes back empty handed

Special Session set for June. Governor comes back empty handed

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Legislative leaders agreed Wednesday on the dates for a special session to hammer out a compromise on the state budget, as the federal government sent a clear signal that $2.2 billion in health-care funding at the center of the discussions is at [...]

State Testing woes continue

State Testing woes continue

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Less than a week after Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation to roll back the number of tests taken by students at public schools, the state's new, online standardized testing system was once again roiled Monday by log-in delays at several [...]

Gaetz: Suing feds does not solve budget issue

Gaetz: Suing feds does not solve budget issue

Last week, Gov. Rick Scott announced that he will sue the federal government over the Low Income Pool program that is set to expire in June. State Sen. Don Gaetz said a lawsuit will not solve the $2 billion shortfall in the state budget because of the LIP funds going away. "The governor has [...]

Scott will sue Feds over Low Income Pool expiration

Scott will sue Feds over Low Income Pool expiration

In the latest escalation of a complicated standoff between the federal government and the state, Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday he will sue federal officials for tying funding for some hospitals and other health-care providers to Medicaid expansion. The federal Centers for Medicare & [...]

Gaetz and others question the handling of LIP by Scott administration

Gaetz and others question the handling of LIP by Scott administration

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Senators raised questions Wednesday about how Gov. Rick Scott's administration has handled negotiations with the federal government over billions of dollars in health-care funding that has thrown the state budget process into disorder. The [...]

League of Women Voters challenges Scott on health care

League of Women Voters challenges Scott on health care

The President of the League of Women Voters of Florida called Gov. Rick Scott's announcement casting doubt on a Senate plan to help 800,000 of Florida's low-income workers get health-care coverage "a sucker punch for all Floridians." "With all the positive momentum from business and bi-partisan [...]

Apparently Scott does not agree w/Grover and Wilson on the confederate heritage

Apparently Scott does not agree w/Grover and Wilson on the confederate heritage

BACKROOM BRIEFING: APPOMATTOX FOR CONFEDERATE VETERANS? By BRANDON LARRABEE, JIM TURNER AND TOM URBAN THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Former Confederate soldiers might not be admitted to the state Veterans' Hall of Fame anytime soon --- but if there's anything that their supporters are familiar [...]

Gov. Scott no longer uses email for official business

Gov. Scott no longer uses email for official business

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Gov. Rick Scott has quit using any email for state business. "The governor now only uses email to communicate with family," his deputy communications director John Tupps said. The governor ran into trouble during the 2014 campaign when The Associated Press [...]

LIP money, or lack of it, creating havoc on 2016 budget

LIP money, or lack of it, creating havoc on 2016 budget

The federal government has made it clear that its Low Income Pool program will end this June. LIP provides Florida $2 billion annually for health care for low income families and the uninsured. Sacred Heart Hospital and Santa Rosa Medical Center depend on the funds for the care they offer those [...]

Viewpoint: To Rick Scott, open government is a closed book

Viewpoint: To Rick Scott, open government is a closed book

By Lucy Morgan, Context FLorida Some governors are slow learners. Gov. Rick Scott is beyond slow. He doesn’t learn. He doesn’t appear to care about public access to records, meetings and information traditionally available to Floridians. Most governors have a bit of trouble getting used [...]

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