Gov. Rick Scott stopped in St. Petersburg Wednesday to promote a new state program for doctors in training.
The legislature this spring set aside $80 million to expand medical residency programs at hospitals across the state, including All Children’s Hospital in St.Petersburg. That hospital and nine others in the Tampa Bay region are eligible to receive $13 million of the total.
From one end of Florida to the other, calls for Florida House leaders to accept $51 billion in Affordable Care Act funds to expand Medicaid to cover the state's low-income uninsured were renewed on Wednesday. Even Gov. Scott started flirting with Obamacare again. But the man who said no to the money before -- House Speaker Will Weatherford -- is still saying no.
Why did Gov. Rick Scott appoint Kimberly Kisslan to the Broward Health governing board even though she apparently played some role in a corruption case in 2007? Broward Bulldog is reporting on several clues.
At a stop in Tampa to discuss women’s issues, U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized how Florida's leaders have handled the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Tampa Bay Times reports. At the appearance with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, Pelosi noted Obamacare is moving forward and criticized Gov.
Floridians who use county health departments for primary care are mostly too poor to qualify for enrollment in a health plan through the online Marketplace to open Oct. 1, the Department of Health says.
So it makes more sense for “navigators” -- enrollment advisors for the uninsured who seek health coverage on the online Marketplace beginning Oct. 1 -- to go to other locations such as hospital emergency rooms, or county libraries, the memo says.
John Romano, a columnist for the Tampa Bay Times, verbally lashes Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney Gen. Pam Bondi for sabotaging the rollout of a health law that uninsured families desperately need.
The latest tactic -- fanning fears about privacy -- is the latest example of how Scott has been standing on the sidelines "lobbing grenades" at the Affordable Care Act for years.
HealthPlan Services is bringing 1,000 new jobs to Florida, in part because the company says it will pick up a lot of new customers from the Affordable Care Act, the Tampa Tribune reports. Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most ardent opponents of the health law, was on hand to praise the company for adding new jobs in Florida.
Starting Oct. 1, it will be against the law to drive and text in the state of Florida, the Tampa Bay Times reports. But some lawmakers are worried drivers won’t realize the ban has kicked in, since Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $1 million in funding for a public safety campaign to promote the law.
After saying it wouldn’t pay for round-the-clock nurses for the girl who was severely brain damaged last year after nearly drowning in the Erie Canal, Florida Blue now says it will, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The family of Selah Clanton, 9, received a call from Gov. Rick Scott about the insurer’s reversal, which came after former state Rep. Mike Fasano asked lawmakers to intervene on the girl’s behalf.
In 2000, an organization made plans to build a clinic to bring care to the medically underserved in Jacksonville. Since then, lawmakers have handed over $900,000 to Northwest Quadrant Community Health Center, but the building wasn't completed.
One of Gov. Rick Scott's first moves when he took office was to oust Brian Lee, a strong advocate for nursing-home patients who for seven years had headed the office of the Long-Term-Care Ombudsman. That was a big mistake, the Orlando Sentinel editorial board says. Another was Scott's choice to replace Lee -- a favorite of the industry, Harold Crochet.
The top advocate for Florida’s elderly and nursing home residents was placed on immediate administrative leave Friday. The Department of Elder Affairs ordered Harold J. “Jim” Crochet to remain in his home during work hours, according to the Miami Herald, and employees of the agency were ordered not to communicate with him or the media. But the agency's spokeswoman, Ashley Marshall, would not say why.
A Miami Heraldeditorial says the state in general -- and Secretary Liz Dudek of AHCA in particular -- have acted abominably in their handling of severely disabled children, which led to a federal lawsuit against the state this week. The state is wasting money paying nursing homes to take these children after cutting services that enabled them to remain in their homes, the editorial says.
The Dream Defenders, who have vowed to stay outside Gov. Rick Scott’s office until he calls the legislature to convene a special session, met with Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters Monday, the Miami Herald reports. The protesters want lawmakers to enact what they’re calling the Trayvon Martin Civil Rights Act, to repeal Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law.
Gov. Rick Scott is touting a deal with Amazon to move 3,000 jobs to Florida, but some concerns are being raised about the quality of the jobs, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Other Amazon warehouses have been the subject of newspaper reports that the buildings lacked air-conditioning, that workers fainted from the heat, and that injuries went unreported.
(UPDATED) In a long-awaited move, federal health officials on Friday granted Florida's request to expand its five-county pilot Medicaid managed-care project statewide. Mindful of how some Florida Medicaid HMOs have behaved in the past, the deal includes what an independent analyst called "unprecedented consumer protections."
Earlier this year, both Govs. Jan Brewer of Arizona and Rick Scott of Florida surprised political pundits by coming out in support of Medicaid expansion. Both Republican governors had been fierce critics of the Affordable Care Act, but they said they favored the expansion because it would hurt the people of their state to turn down federal funds.
But the outcomes were quite different. Brewer muscled it through the Arizona Legislature, winning victory on Thursday after months of uncertainty and bare-knuckle politics.
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.
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.
In a column published in The Tampa Tribune, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said "extremists" in the Florida Legislature have engaged in a deliberate attempt to undermine implementation of the new health law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Nelson, D-FL, listed several instances by the Legislature and the executive branch in Florida of failure to accept funds that would help to cover the uninsured and to regulate insurers.
Gov. Rick Scott, flanked by representatives of environmental groups and the sugar industry, signed Everglades-restoration legislation Tuesday intended to raise millions of dollars through a sugar-cane tax and state contributions over the next decade, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Gov. Rick Scott signed the 2013-14 budget, which includes a $65 million cushion for hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of Medicaid patients as the program goes through its transition to a new payment system.
Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell says Rick Scott would be smart to summon lawmakers back to Tallahassee for a special session on Medicaid expansion. There are moral, logical and financial arguments for doing it, he says, but most important to a public official facing re-election, there is a political argument for it, as well.
This is a defining moment in our state's history and governance, the Tampa Bay Times writes, and there are only two weeks left in the legislative session. Will Gov. Rick Scott intervene with the Florida House, which seems on the verge of leaving $51 billion on the table in federal funds that could cover low-income uninsured people in this state over the next 10 years?
In a budget amendment, Republican leaders in the House dialed back raises for state workers so there would be money for a health plan unveiled on Thursday by Rep. Richard Corcoran, the Miami Herald reports. Lowering the raise to $1,000 could save the state about $40 million. Rep. Mike Fasano, a Republican, joined Democrats in voting against the lower amount.
Steve Bousquet of the Tampa Bay Times questions Gov. Rick Scott’s use of “conscience” in talking about expanding Medicaid to uninsured Floridians, since the governor doesn’t seem too focused on convincing lawmakers to actually do it.