Gov. Rick Scott

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9:17 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Scott's Hospital Commission to Meet

Gov. Rick Scott's hospital commission will meet for the first time today.
Credit WMFE

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s commission investigating hospital finances will meet for the first time today. The meetings come as Florida’s legislature preps for a special session.

Health care spending has been the big division in Florida’s budget thanks to a billion-dollar hospital fund that’s ending. Federal officials want Florida to expand Medicaid to cover Florida’s uninsured, and hospitals have been pushing for expansions.

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8:48 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Hospital Commission Set for First Meeting

Gov. Rick Scott
Credit Florida Office of the Governor

Gov. Rick Scott’s new hospital commission consists of Republican donors and business leaders who will likely help him go after some of the state’s hospitals as the standoff over Medicaid expansion intensifies.

The panel, which will meet for the first time today, is beginning its work as the governor has become increasingly antagonistic toward hospitals that receive taxpayer funds in the face of a $1 billion hole in his budget.

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7:44 am
Fri May 15, 2015

FL Agency Heads Asked To Prep For Shutdown

Credit Communications Office / Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott told agency heads to prepare for the worst Thursday, asking them to list only the state’s most critical needs in the event the Legislature can’t reach an agreement on a budget that doesn’t expand health care to the poor.

Scott sent the letter to agency heads the day after lawmakers said they were making progress on a budget impasse that they’ll seek to resolve in a special session beginning June 1.

“Prepare a list of critical state services our citizens cannot lose in the event Florida is forced to shut down on July 1st,” Scott wrote.

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8:36 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Congressional Hearing Planned On LIP Showdown

Credit Politico

A congressional committee will hold a hearing on Gov. Rick Scott's showdown with the federal government over health care funding, but that meeting could come too late to help close a potential $2.2 billion hole in the state budget.

Scott announced Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., will have the House Energy & Commerce Committee look into the governor's allegations that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is trying to illegally coerce the state into accepting Medicaid expansion.

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8:31 am
Wed May 13, 2015

PolitiFact Florida on Scott Giving LIP to the Feds; Clinton on Immigration

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 8:32 am

The quagmire in Tallahassee over health care spending forced an early end to the spring legislative session. At the heart of it is a federal program known as the Low Income Pool, or LIP. It reimburses Florida hospitals more than two billion dollars a year for providing care to low-income or indigent patients. The federal government is phasing the program out as it shifts to new programs provided by the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. 

Now, Gov. Scott is making the rounds in Washington D.C., trying to prod the feds to keep funding LIP. Now, Scott has backtracked from his previous position on supporting expansion of Medicaid in the state to serve low-income residents.

Scott recently spoke to reporters in the nation's capitol.

"The families that are covered through the Low Income Pool is a different group of individuals than are covered by Obamacare," Scott said.

Click on the video below to hear what he had to say about LIP and Medicaid:

PolitiFact Florida rated his statement "Mostly False," saying:

This makes it sound as if the people who would qualify for Medicaid under an expansion are completely different than patients who leave hospitals with unpaid bills the LIP fund helps pay to providers. Health policy experts said that while there would still be uninsured people not paying their bills under an expansion, plenty of overlap exists between the two, especially at lower incomes.

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8:48 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Eugene Lamb Selected For Governor's Hospital Funding Workgroup

Fmr. Gadsden County Commissioner and Tallahassee Community College Trustee Eugene Lamb is one of nine appointees to Governor Rick Scott's hospital review committee.

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 6:32 pm

Governor Rick Scott has selected nine people to serve on his hospital funding commission.  The formation of the groups as all or part of a major federal healthcare funding program expires next month.

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8:47 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Scott Appoints 9 To Hospital Commission

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday announced his nine appointments to a commission tasked with examining hospital finances, naming only one health care professional to the commission and a chair that has been a frequent donor to the governor and other Republican causes.

The governor has gone on the attack against hospitals over a fight to expand Medicaid and extend federal funds that help hospitals who care for Medicaid and uninsured patients. The issue is creating a potential $1 billion hole in the state budget.

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8:39 am
Mon May 11, 2015

FL Budget Snarled As Governor Challenges Obamacare

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a longtime opponent of "Obamacare," made a startling announcement shortly after his mother's death, going on TV two years ago to explain that he had dropped his objections to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The Republican governor, a former hospital executive who entered politics running TV ads against the Affordable Care Act, said then in 2013 that his mother's death had changed his perspective, and that he could no longer "in good conscience" oppose expanding health care coverage to nearly 1 million Floridians.

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8:55 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Weaker Human Trafficking Bill Passes

Strip clubs, massage studios and hospitals will have to hang signs alerting people about human trafficking under a bill that's going to Gov. Rick Scott.

The Senate unanimously passed the bill (HB 369) Wednesday. It's a weaker version of a bill it approved last week and the House later changed.

The signs provide a telephone number people can call if they or someone they know are being enslaved as prostitutes, farm workers, housekeepers or restaurant, retail or factory workers.

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9:56 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Health Care Mogul Criticizes Scott's Medicaid Stance

Mike Fernandez paid a visit to the university of South Florida St. Petersburg campus to promote his new book, "Humbled By The Journey."
Credit Daylina Miller/WUSF

Mike Fernandez's made billions building health care companies and he is not happy with the governor's stance on Medicaid expansion.

He said  Gov. Rick Scott is wrong to not want federal money that would expand health insurance to poor Floridians.

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7:47 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Gov. Scott: LIP And Medicaid Separate

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 6:41 pm

Speaking after Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, Florida Gov. Rick Scott echoed House Speaker Steve Crisafulli’s statements on the prospect of losing federal funds for hospitals treating low income patients.  Scott claims expanding Medicaid would not replace low income pool, or LIP, funding.

“LIP is completely separate from Medicaid expansion,” Scott says.  “If you go look at Texas, go look at California, one expanded Medicaid, one didn’t, and both of them are getting significantly more dollars under LIP than what Florida’s getting today or ever gotten.”

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Health News Florida
8:34 am
Mon March 2, 2015

DOH Staff Cut 5 Percent in Governor’s Budget

Credit Florida Governor's Office

  Roughly 5 percent of Department of Health positions would be eliminated under Gov. Rick Scott’s latest budget proposal, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Health News Florida
8:42 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Budget Saves Millions for Safety Net Hospitals

Credit Tampa General Hospital

Gov. Rick Scott’s budget proposes repealing a law known as “hospital tiering,” which could cause Florida safety-net hospitals to lose millions of dollars a year, the Miami Herald reports. 

Hospitals such as Jackson Health System in South Florida and Tampa General Hospital stand to lose $40 million and $15 million, respectively, according to the Herald.

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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.
  • Source: Usf
  • | 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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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.
  • Source: Usf
  • | 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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