Gov. Rick Scott

9:03 am
Mon November 3, 2014

FL Has No Right to Inspect VAs: Feds

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration doesn’t have the Constitutional grounds to inspect VA facilities, the News Service of Florida reports. In response to an AHCA lawsuit asking to inspect VA hospitals, the feds cited the “Supremacy Clause,” which says the state doesn’t supercede the authority of the federal government. Inspectors sent by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration over the summer had been turned away at Florida VA hospitals, the News Service reports.
  • Source: Usf
  • | Via: News Service of Florida
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has fired back at Gov. Rick Scott's administration in a legal battle about whether state health officials should be able to inspect VA medical centers. Attorneys for the federal agency filed a document last week arguing that a lawsuit launched by the state Agency for Health Care Administration should be dismissed on constitutional grounds.
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7:58 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Florida Monitoring Six for Ebola

U.S. Navy Cmd. James Lawler, Naval Medical Research Bio Defense chief of clinical research, briefs a 30-person joint service medical support team on Ebola response.
Senior Airman Cory D. Payne U.S. Air Force

Six people who recently traveled from Ebola-affected regions are under twice-daily monitoring by the Florida Health Department. The state continues preparing in case someone tests positive.

No cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Florida, and all six of the people being monitored are considered low-risk. Gov. Rick Scott says just under 100 hospitals have completed special Ebola training, and he hopes more will do so.

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5:11 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Florida Orders 21-Day Monitoring for Ebola

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering twice daily monitoring for anyone returning from places the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates as affected by Ebola.

Scott signed the order Saturday, giving the Florida Department of Health authority to monitor individuals for 21 days. Scott said in a press release that his administration had asked the CDC to identify risk levels of returning individuals from specific parts of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, requesting information specifically about the risk level for four people who had already returned.

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Health News Florida
9:22 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Carroll: Scott Runs State Like He Ran HCA

Former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll
Credit State of Florida

Gov. Rick Scott’s leadership of the state is similar to the way he ran the Columbia/HCA hospital chain, former allies told the Miami Herald

Former Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll says Scott has underlings “running the show,” and may deliberately remain in the dark on important issues so that he can “claim plausible deniability,” the Herald reports.  

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Health News Florida
9:18 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Candidates Approach Medicaid Expansion Differently

Florida’s gubernatorial candidates say they support Medicaid expansion, but it’s hard to know that on the campaign trail, according to the News Service of Florida. Democrat Charlie Crist is pushing for a special session to consider expansion of the state health care program for the poor. Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who backed expansion in 2013, has remained fairly quiet on the issues.

Health News Florida
9:08 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Health Workers Arrested on Fraud, Abuse Charges

Authorities have arrested three more suspects in a $55-million Medicare fraud scheme at a Miami Gardens clinic, the Miami Herald reports. 

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9:19 am
Wed September 24, 2014

St. Lucie Getting New Vets’ Nursing Home

St. Lucie County will be the site for a new nursing home for military veterans, the News Service of Florida reports. Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet also indicated that they may be considering another new nursing home next year because of high occupancy rates at existing facilities. The new facility will be the seventh veterans’ nursing home in the state and will serve 11 counties on the east coast, the News Service reports.
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  • | Via: News Service of Florida
Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday selected St. Lucie County as the site of the state's next nursing home for military veterans -- and indicated they might consider another new nursing home next year. Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam voted unanimously to approve the western Port St.
Health News Florida
9:02 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Suspicious Moves by Scott, HCA Resurface

Gov. Rick Scott’s leadership of the Columbia/HCA hospital chain is well known, as is the company’s record $1.7 billion fine for filing false claims for Medicare and other federal health programs.

But as he faces re-election, stories about a simultaneous investigation in the 1990s are emerging involving Scott and attempts to buy the then-publicly owned Tampa General Hospital, The Tampa Tribune reports.

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Associated Press
8:05 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Scientists, Gov. Scott Talk Climate Change

Florida State University environmental science professor Jeffrey Chanton gives a presentation to Florida Gov. Rick Scott on climate change Tuesday in Tallahassee.
Credit AP

 

Five scientists who met with Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday are convinced that climate change is real, but what they are less sure about is whether the governor believes them.

The scientists had 30 minutes to make a presentation in Scott's office and the first seven minutes were taken up by small talk.

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9:33 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Key to Gov Race

Gov. Rick Scott, Charlie Crist

Expanding Medicaid to an additional 1 million Floridians under President Barack Obama's new health law is turning into one of the biggest issues of this year's gubernatorial race.

Former Gov. Charlie Crist brings up the topic on most campaign stops and says one of the first things he'll do if elected is call a special session to expand Medicaid. His opponent, incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, seems to be waning in his support.

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9:18 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Scott Still Fighting for Worker Drug Tests

While the American Civil Liberties Union continues its legal fight over drug tests for state employees, Gov. Rick Scott is giving up on his proposal to test workers in about 1,000 job classifications, the News Service of Florida reports. Still, according to court documents, Scott wants to require drug testing for about half of the state’s job categories. The tests are on hold until an agreement can be reached.
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  • | Via: News Service of Florida
Gov. Rick Scott has capitulated in his crusade to require all state workers to submit to suspicionless drug tests, giving up on about half of the state's
Health News Florida
10:24 am
Wed July 2, 2014

FL Missing Out on 63,800 Jobs?

The White House will release a state-by-state report Wednesday which estimates that a Medicaid expansion in Florida would generate 63,800 jobs from 2014-2017.  Most of the jobs would be in health care, while providing health care to 848,000 people, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Health News Florida
11:06 am
Mon June 30, 2014

State Omits Mayo Clinic in Cancer $

When Gov. Rick Scott announced plans to spend tax dollars to boost Florida’s cancer centers, those associated with the Mayo Clinic - Jacksonville welcomed the news, since it treats thousands of cancer patients and is part of the National Cancer Institute system through its headquarters in Minnesota.  But as the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau reports, the pleasant feeling was short-lived.

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Health News Florida
10:25 am
Wed June 18, 2014

New Ad, Old Theme: Scott, Medicare Fraud

Rick Scott is running for a second term as Florida Governor.
Credit WUSF 89.7 News

While Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign and the GOP are focusing on his role in creating jobs, the first Democratic TV ad of the 2014 governor’s race is set to bring up an old weakness: Columbia/HCA’s Medicare fraud.

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Health News Florida
10:14 am
Wed June 18, 2014

DCF Gains Human Trafficking Oversight

The Department of Children and Families is now responsible for the inspection and certification of “safe houses” for victims of human trafficking, under one of two new laws signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

The bills signed Tuesday help establish screening tools to identify if a child has been sexually exploited and allow DCF to create the safe spaces in communities where none currently exist, according to the News Service of Florida.

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Health News Florida
9:33 am
Tue June 17, 2014

$300M To Boost FL NCI Center Push

Florida ranks second in the nation for incidence and deaths from cancer, but it lags behind in National Cancer Institute grant funding, according to the American Cancer Society.

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Health News Florida
10:37 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Billionaire Backs Fight Against Pot

A group opposing the amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida just got a $2.5 million boost, News Service of Florida reports. Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino owner and supporter of Gov. Rick Scott, donated the money to the Drug Free Florida Committee. That committee had only raised $100,000 in May.

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8:46 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Scott Sues VA Over Inspections

Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday he plans to sue the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in an attempt to force the agency to allow the state to inspect its Florida hospitals.

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Health News Florida
10:17 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Health Items Await Scott’s Signature

Over the next few days, Gov. Rick Scott will examine the state’s $77 billion budget and decide, what if anything to veto. Among the health items in the budget is an increase in the personal spending allowance for long-term care Medicaid patients from $35 to $105 a month, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. Advocates say the increase is 25 years overdue.

Also awaiting Scott’s signature:

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Opinion
11:35 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Scott Turns Back on Needy Uninsured

John Romano

Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano tells how Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a long-time opponent of the Affordable Care Act, nevertheless has asked the federal government for ACA funds to cover his state's uninsured citizens.

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Health News Florida
9:35 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Cancer, MS May Qualify for Pot Extract

A medical marijuana bill originally targeting children with debilitating seizures has been expanded to include other ailments. Final language in the expanded “Charlotte’s Web” bill would add people with cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other diseases to the list of ailments that qualify for the form of medical marijuana, according to the Orlando Sentinel.  The bill is awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature.

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11:57 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Scott's VA Attack Personal, Political

 

Gov. Rick Scott convinced Congress to hold a field hearing to delve further into care being provided at Florida’s VA hospitals.

All this came after state regulators spent most of April conducting unannounced visits to Florida’s VA hospitals, and were denied access to their federal records.

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Health News Florida
10:16 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Scott Goofs in Hunt for ACA Gripes

Gov. Rick Scott, who has been orchestrating anti-"Obamacare" meetings with senior citizens around the state and using them as fodder for campaign commercials, picked the wrong senior center in Boca Raton. As the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports, of 20 older voters he talked to, only one had a complaint, about having a hard time finding an orthopedic surgeon.

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Health News Florida
10:53 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Scott Tried to Gut Child-Safety Bill

The Florida Senate rejected a last-minute amendment supported by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration that would have severely weakened a bill meant to overhaul child welfare laws,  the Miami Herald reports.
 

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Health News Florida
10:44 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Focus on Floridians Caught in Gap

With 800,000 uninsured Floridians stuck in the “coverage gap” - too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act - the focus is turning on what can be done to help. 

The Florida Legislature turned down the option of accepting $51 billion in federal funds that would have provided them health coverage last year. With only one week left in this year's session, those in the gap - 20 percent of Florida’s uninsured - will most likely be left hanging.

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Health News Florida
11:23 am
Wed April 23, 2014

What’s Moving in Capitol? What’s Not?

Higher speed limits, medical marijuana, and child abuse are among the issues in the news today as the Legislature hits its end-of-session frenzy.

Here’s a look at the progress of several health-related bills:

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Health News Florida
10:56 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Protecting Kids Not #1 at Capitol

Following another year in which too many children died, lawmakers promised to make Florida a safer place for the state’s at-risk children.  However, according to the Miami Herald, the legislators' own pet home-town projects have taken precedence in the budget.

Many children’s advocates claim that legislative leaders have failed to back their promises with actions that will actually help the state’s abused and neglected children. 

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Health News Florida
10:01 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Highest Court May Consider Scott’s Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court will meet privately on Friday to decide  whether it will hear an appeal filed by Gov. Rick Scott on state employee drug testing, the News Service of Florida reports. Scott filed the appeal in January after a lower court threw  out  his executive order that all state employees undergo random urine screens. Opponents of the order say that it violates the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. The 11th U.S.

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Opinion
11:53 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Scott Sowing Confusion on Medicare: PolitiFact

Credit PolitiFact

Gov. Rick Scott has done a very good job of confusing the public, particularly Medicare beneficiaries, about what is happening in the government program for the elderly and disabled and about and how it relates to the Affordable Care Act, PolitiFact says.

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Health News Florida
10:16 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Scott Denies ACA Ads Are False

Gov. Rick Scott is not backing down from a pair of campaign ads that state 300,000 Floridians lost their Florida Blue health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, the Miami Herald reports. The ads attack Scott’s presumed opponent, Charlie Crist, for his support of the federal health law, and use a claim about the Floridians losing insurance that was rated “Mostly False” by PolitiFact.

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