Gov. Rick Scott

9:18 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Scott Still Fighting for Worker Drug Tests

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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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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.

HNF Stories
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

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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.

That visit to James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa Wednesday appears to be part of a tug-of-war between Gov. Rick Scott and federal VA hospitals.

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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.

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