Gov. Rick Scott

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.

HNF Stories
8:03 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Gov. Scott vs. VA Over Patient Records

Tampa's James A. Haley VA Hospital, home to both a Spinal Cord Injury unit and a Polytrauma unit.

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:13 pm

State health care regulators showed up unannounced for a third time at a federal Veterans Administration Hospital in Florida and asked to view patient records.

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HNF Stories
10:35 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Health Items in Senate, House Budgets

LaCrai Mitchell/State Impact Florida

The Florida Senate and the Florida House have passed their budgets for the 2014 legislative session.

From a Florida Senate news release, here is a look at the health funding in the Senate’s $74.9 billion budget:

Health and Human Services

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Health News Florida
10:25 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Emails Reveal Scott Donor Frustration

Mike Fernandez

Health care mogul Mike Fernandez is unhappy with Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign and one of his staffers has labeled the billionaire a "renegade donor," the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau reports.

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Health News Florida
11:05 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Health Exec Quits Scott Campaign

Mike Fernandez

Health-care billionaire Mike Fernandez, who had been finance co-chairman of Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign, abruptly quit Thursday night, The Miami Herald reported Friday.

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Health News Florida
10:59 am
Fri March 7, 2014

PolitiFact: Scott Wrong on Medicare Cuts

Credit PolitiFact

Gov. Rick Scott has taken many opportunities, from TV commercials to Cabinet meetings, to claim that "Obamacare" cuts to Medicare will devastate seniors. He even used Thursday's Cabinet meeting to reiterate the claims, as Scripps/Tribune Capital Bureau reports.

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HNF Stories
9:43 am
Tue March 4, 2014

'Moral Monday' Ushers in 2014 Session

AP

With the 2014 legislative session opening Tuesday, about 400 Floridians rallied in the Capitol Courtyard for what was billed as "Moral Monday." 

Speakers at the rally called for lawmakers to expand Medicaid, stop the state's voter purge and roll back the “stand your ground” self-defense law.

None is likely to occur during the impending legislative session, but the protestors vowed to carry their concerns to the polls in the midterm elections this fall.

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Opinion
8:31 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Times: If Only Scott Had a Heart

Gov. Rick Scott
Credit The Associated Press

In an unusually hard-hitting editorial, the Tampa Bay Times calls Gov. Rick Scott the "Tin Man as governor, a chief executive who shows no heartfelt connection to the state, appreciation for its values or compassion for its residents."

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Health News Florida
9:42 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Health Law Delays Questioned

The latest delays in implementing the Affordable Care Act are prompting critics to challenge the Obama administration’s legal authority to tweak the law, the Miami Herald reports.

The latest deadline extension, delaying the date for certain employers to offer health benefits to full-time workers, led some Republicans and conservative groups to say it’s a political ploy related to the critical mid-term elections.

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Health News Florida
11:35 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Cancer Centers Come With Baggage

Late last month, Gov. Rick Scott trumpeted an announcement that Cancer Treatment Centers of America would be moving its headquarters to Boca Raton.  State and local taxpayers paid CTCA millions to move 225 jobs to Florida.

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Health News Florida
10:36 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Jail Medical Clinics Under Scrutiny

Volusia County jail officials are reconsidering their contract with the nation’s largest private prison health care provider, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Corizon Health includes Volusia County among its more than 500 prison and jail contracts across the nation.It also is playing part in Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to privatize prison health care, the News-Journal said.

Health News Florida
10:20 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Crist: Scott, Legislature Killing Uninsured

Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist’s national media tour includes a fiery salvo: Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican Legislature are tied to the deaths of uninsured Floridians. 

The former governor and Democratic candidate told MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” that “six people in Florida die every day as a result” of the state’s failure to expand Medicaid for the poor and uninsured.

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HNF Stories
12:11 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Scott Budget Leaves Out Uninsured

Map shows states that have decided to expand Medicaid, those that show no movement toward it -- including Florida -- and those in the middle.
Credit Kaiser Family Foundation

Judging from what they say and what's in the proposed state budget, Florida's top elected officials care about children, the elderly and the seriously disabled. Also, businesses of all sizes.

Others -- including the poor, the uninsured and state workers -- get less attention. There is  no provision for low-income adults to get health insurance, even though the money is available, and most state workers won't get a raise. The good news for state employees is that there won't be big staff cuts, for a change.

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HNF Stories
7:07 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Scott Wants More Cancer Centers

Mary Shedden WUSF

Cancer hospitals vying to earn National Cancer Institute designation would get $60 million next year under a budget proposal being released by Florida Gov. Rick Scott today.

Scott, who is running for a second term as governor, made Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center the final stop of his “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” tour on Tuesday. Flanked by dozens of researchers, university leaders and politicians, he said the $60 million proposal can help cancer centers invest in the research needed to earn the prestigious title.

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Health News Florida
11:39 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Cancer Hospitals' HQ moving to Boca

(Editor's note: This article in its original form contained two errors: its form of ownership was misstated and the wrong name was given for its president and CEO. Those errors have been corrected below.)

Boca Raton is replacing suburban Chicago as the corporate home of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a for-profit company that focuses on wealthy suburbs and advertises heavily on TV.

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Opinion
10:35 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Legislature Not Family Friendly

The state’s legal stance on gay marriage and Medicaid are not family friendly, say opinion columns from the Tampa Bay Times and Orlando Sentinel.

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Health News Florida
9:46 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Million-Dollar Gift, Billions in Contracts

Mike Fernandez

Miami's Mike Fernandez is no stranger to health care or Republican politics. But questions are being raised about his relationship to Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election and $1 billion in Medicaid managed care contracts his companies were recently awarded.

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Health News Florida
11:24 am
Wed January 22, 2014

GOP Lawmaker Resurrects Expansion

State Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah
Credit Sammy Mack

A Republican state senator wants Florida to use federal Medicaid expansion money to help low-income Floridians purchase health insurance,  the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau reports.

State Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, filed a proposal Tuesday that is similar to the bill that won support in the state Senate last year, but died in the House. Garcia said that not taking the federal money is "irresponsible."

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Health News Florida
11:18 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Scott: Yes on Springs, No on Marijuana

Gov. Rick Scott  says he will ask for $55 million in the 2014-15 budget to protect Florida’s springs, the Florida Current reports. Reaction to his announcement among lawmakers and environmentalists was mostly positive. It’s an increase in funding from last year, the Current reports.

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Health News Florida
10:40 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Health Exec Joins Scott Campaign

The multimillionaire leader of a Miami health equity firm will serve as finance co-chair of Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign, according to the Associated Press.

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Health News Florida
11:11 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Capitol: Med Marijuana, DCF

A legislator who sponsored a bill to drug test Florida welfare recipients supports legalizing a strain of medical marijuana.  Rep. Jimmie Smith, R-Lecanto, wrote that he will support a measure to legalize “Charlotte’s Web,” an oil form of marijuana found to help treat children with severe seizures, the Bradenton Herald reports. 

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Health News Florida
10:13 am
Fri January 3, 2014

DCF Proposal: Decrease Worker Caseload

Esther Jacobo, Interim Director, Florida Department of Children and Families

The head of Florida’s Department of Children and Families is asking Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature to increase her department’s budget.

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Health News Florida
12:23 am
Wed December 18, 2013

DOH Ignores Anti-Aging Scams: Report

In a lengthy, in-depth article, Miami New Times reports that the Florida Department of Health has been systematically stripped of its strength to regulate the health professions by the anti-government administration of Gov. Rick Scott and those he has appointed.

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Health News Florida
10:26 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Many Still Waiting for Disability Services

Gov. Rick Scott announced the state is increasing to 1,600 the number of people with critical needs moving off the waiting list for disability services.

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HNF Stories
1:33 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Governor Continues Medical Resident Program Tour

Credit Gov. Scott's Press Office

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.

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Health News Florida
10:29 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Pleas Resume for State to Take $51B

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.

Here's a quick look at the action:

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Health News Florida
11:24 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Hospital Board Official Had Ties to Scott Friends

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.

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Health News Florida
9:42 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Pelosi Faults FL Leaders

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.

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