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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.