Gov. Rick Scott

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is using his emergency powers to direct $25 million in state money toward helping to develop a Zika virus vaccine.

Gov. Scott Names Bragg To Lead Elder Affairs

Sep 22, 2016
Florida Department of Elder Affairs

Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday that Jeffrey Bragg will serve as secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs beginning Friday. Sam Verghese, who has led the agency since December 2014, will "pursue opportunities in the private sector," Scott's office said.

Gov. Scott Presses Congress For Zika Funding

Sep 14, 2016
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With 70 confirmed cases resulting from Florida mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, Gov. Rick Scott traveled to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to implore Congress to break a deadlock on federal funding to combat the disease, which can cause severe birth defects.

Gov. Rick Scott was in Naples Monday, hosting a roundtable discussion on Zika readiness with the Collier County Health Department and the county’s mosquito control district.

Florida health officials are battling 43 confirmed cases of homegrown transmission of the virus. Nearly all of them are in the Miami-Dade neighborhoods of Wynwood and Miami Beach, including one new case of local transmission as recently as Monday. But there have been two investigations of locally-transmitted cases in Palm Beach County, as well as one case in Pinellas County. That’s on top of the nearly 550 travel-related cases statewide.

Scott Plans D.C. Trip To Urge Zika Funding

Aug 26, 2016
Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott will travel to Washington, D.C. in early September, when Congress returns from its summer recess, to seek funding to fight the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

WMFE

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering the state to spend millions to battle mosquitoes and prepare for the Zika virus.

UF-Burnham Plan Likely Faces More Questions

Jun 6, 2016
WMFE

Gov. Rick Scott has yet to be sold on a proposal for the University of Florida to take over a taxpayer-backed biotech operation in Orlando that a decade ago was supposed to help spark a research revolution in the state.

Rick Scott: Federal Plan Needed To Fight Zika Virus

May 11, 2016
The Associated Press

Gov. Rick Scott, expected to travel to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, reiterated Tuesday that he intends to push federal officials to craft a plan to attack the spreading Zika virus.

Speculation About Scott As Running Mate Increases

May 3, 2016
Florida Office of the Governor / Florida Office of the Governor

Most of the speculation around Gov. Rick Scott's political future has centered on a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2018, when incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson will be up for re-election and facing a Republican-friendly midterm electorate that helped Scott win two terms in the governor's mansion.

Atwater Disputes Scott Over Insurance Chief’s Exit

Apr 28, 2016
State of Florida / State of Florida

A disagreement about the pending exit of Florida's longtime insurance commissioner continued Wednesday, as the state Cabinet prepares to again try to end an impasse about hiring a new commissioner.

Scott, Atwater Remain In Standoff On Insurance Chief

Apr 27, 2016

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater refused to go along with Gov. Rick Scott's nominee for state insurance commissioner on Tuesday, maintaining an impasse over a high-profile appointment that they must jointly support.

Scott and Atwater, with just over a month until the start of the 2016 hurricane season, will make a third attempt at settling their differences Friday, with Scott putting forward two additional applicants --- David Altmaier and Rich Robleto, both deputy commissioners with the Office of Insurance Regulation --- for the state Cabinet to interview.

Scott Interviews Insurance Commissioner Candidates

Apr 25, 2016
Associated Press

Two days after Gov. Rick Scott professed support for his lone finalist to be the state's next insurance commissioner, the governor interviewed four others who have applied for the position.

Impasse Remains Over Insurance Commissioner

Apr 21, 2016
State of Florida / State of Florida

Palm Harbor resident Jeffrey Bragg and state Rep. Bill Hager, R-Delray Beach, have been asked back to interview again with the Florida Cabinet for the state insurance commissioner job next week.

Feds Say New Abortion Law Can’t Block Clinic Funding

Apr 20, 2016

A key federal health agency on Tuesday notified Florida and other states that they may not ban Medicaid funding for family-planning services at clinics that also offer elective abortions.

Scott, Atwater Mum On Insurance Commissioner Picks

Apr 19, 2016
State of Florida / State of Florida

After failing to reach agreement last month, it remained unclear Monday whether Gov. Rick Scott and state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater will be able to find common ground on the appointment of Florida's next insurance commissioner.

Scott Seeks To Keep Hospital Chairman Suspended

Apr 13, 2016
Associated Press

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is appealing a judge's order that the governor reinstate the chairman of the board that oversees several public hospitals in Broward County.

Hospital Chain Ends Long-Running Tax Dispute With Florida

Apr 13, 2016

A major hospital chain is settling a long-running tax dispute with the state of Florida.

Records show HCA Holdings, the parent company of the Nashville-based HCA, signed an agreement with Florida officials in late March to drop three lawsuits. The lawsuits relate to disputes over how much in corporate income taxes HCA paid to the state.

Scott Poised To Act On Health, Education Bills

Apr 12, 2016
Florida Governor's Office

In a final flurry of activity from the legislative session, Gov. Rick Scott this week will take action on heavily debated health, education and tax bills.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Responds To Coffee Shop Showdown

Apr 11, 2016
YouTube/Stephen Bender

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, responding to a viral video showing him being cursed at by an activist at a coffee shop, has brewed the frothy fracas into a full-force Floridian feud.

Food Stamp Recipients Face Work Requirement

Apr 7, 2016

About 300,000 Floridians who qualified for food stamps now face a work requirement that went into effect Jan. 1 -- and the possibility of at least temporarily losing benefits if they don't meet the guidelines.

Feds Could Block State Ban On Planned Parenthood Money

Apr 4, 2016

A new Florida abortion law seeks to ban Medicaid funding for family-planning services at clinics that also offer elective abortions --- such as clinics run by Planned Parenthood --- but the federal government appears unlikely to allow that part of the law to take effect.

Governor To Contact Feds Over Nursing Home Cost Hike

Mar 30, 2016
Associated Press

Gov. Rick Scott said he will call U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald as Florida awaits a decision that could add more than $20 million to the construction cost of a planned state veterans' nursing home in St. Lucie County.

State Seeks More Federal Money For Veterans’ Nursing Home

Mar 29, 2016

An "incorrect interpretation" of strict federal design guidelines for a planned state veterans' nursing home may drive up the project's costs by more than $20 million.

Governor Backs Mental Health Changes For Courts

Mar 28, 2016
MyFloridaHouse.gov

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill that supporters said will help the court system address issues with criminal defendants who have mental illnesses.

Scott Signs Bill Tightening Restrictions On Abortion Clinics

Mar 28, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday approved a sweeping measure that will tighten restrictions on Florida abortion clinics to the point that some say they will be forced to close.

Scott Signs Bills For ‘Rape Kit’ Testing, Needle Exchange

Mar 24, 2016
National Institute of Health

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed nine bills, including a high-profile measure requiring local law-enforcement agencies to submit "rape kits" to be tested and another allowing the creation of a needle-exchange program in Miami-Dade County.

Surgeon General Won’t Get Senate Hearing

Mar 10, 2016
Florida Department of Health

Senate President Andy Gardiner on Wednesday cast what could be the deciding vote in the clash over the confirmation of Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong.

Meeting with reporters, Gardiner acknowledged that --- despite his support for the embattled surgeon general --- he would not use a procedural move to pull Armstrong's stalled nomination out of a committee and hold a confirmation hearing on the Senate floor.

Budget Set At $82.3 Billion Amid Intrigue, Criticism

Mar 9, 2016
Daylina Miller/Health News Florida

Lawmakers formally unveiled an $82.3 billion budget plan on Tuesday, paving the way for a Friday end to the legislative session and setting up a potential fight with Gov. Rick Scott after curtailing or scuttling his top priorities.

Thousands of state workers -- including Gov. Rick Scott -- are expected once again to keep paying low rates for health insurance.

Surgeon General's Confirmation In Jeopardy

Mar 2, 2016
Florida Department of Health

Despite a show of support from Gov. Rick Scott, a Senate panel Tuesday postponed for a second time a vote on the confirmation of state Surgeon General John Armstrong.

The move by the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee could end Armstrong's bid to keep his job as secretary of the Florida Department of Health.

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