Voters in Manatee County voted down a half-cent sales tax to provide health care to the poor, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. The tax would have bolstered the Health Care Trust Fund, which has paid for care for years but is expected to run out in 2015 .
Although two Republican representatives from Manatee County revived hope that Medicaid expansion, or something similar, may not be dead in Florida, there’s still no sign of a special session where they could work out a deal. As the Tampa Bay Times reports, there’s been no change since lawmakers ended the session without expanding healthcare to more low-income Floridians.
Florida Blue, one of the most generous donors to state political campaigns, usually gets what it wants. In the case of a bill that Gov. Rick Scott signed on Friday, its chief lobbyist, Paul Sanford, actually wrote it, according to the Florida Times-Union.
New rules for physicians and others who testify in medical malpractice cases will kick in July 1, but the Florida Board of Medicine is already showing zero tolerance for “experts” who may not measure up, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Florida House Republicans blew it when they refused to accept $51 billion in federal funds to provide health coverage to more than 1 million of the lowest-income Floridians, and they're hearing about it from the business community now that they're back home, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune editorial board says.
While Florida lawmakers rejected Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act during the session, some Republicans in the House are now saying the issue could be possible before the end of the year, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. State Rep. Jim Boyd of Bradenton and state Rep. Greg Steube of Sarasota, told the Sarasota Tiger Bay Club on Thursday they think there’s a possibility the state could still draw down federal funds before Jan. 1.
Last month, state lawmakers ended their 2013 session without taking action on Medicaid expansion, leaving $51 billion dollars in federal funds on the table. That inaction could cost both taxpayers and employers a bundle, as a new report shows.
Gov. Rick Scott, once one of the nation’s most vociferous opponents of the Affordable Care Act, captured national headlines in February when he changed his tune; he urged the Florida Legislature to use the law’s Medicaid expansion funds to cover the uninsured. That didn’t happen. Now he appears to have changed his position -- or at least his message -- again, the Associated Press reports.
Florida House members are getting a lot of questions about their priorities these days after turning down $51 billion in federal funds that would have paid most of the bill to cover more than 1 million of the lowest-income Floridians.
Volunteer lawyers who often represent the poor on health-care matters say the reason given for their firing by the new director of Gulfcoast Legal Services doesn’t hold water, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.
The reason given was that their work wasn’t covered by malpractice insurance, but the retirees say it was never an issue before.