The Florida Legislature dealt with a number of health care bills this session. See the Florida Current for a roundup of the issues, including Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, optometrist vs. ophthalmologist prescribing powers and a new Medicaid billing formula for hospitals.
A 30-year fight between optometrists and ophthalmologists could end with the non-physicians winning the ability to prescribe certain oral medications, the Florida Current reports. Compromises in an amended Senate bill passed by the Appropriations Committee could satisfy both sides. The House companion bill could pass as early as today.
Medicaid expansion continues to be a hot topic in Tallahassee as House Republicans look to Arkansas, where the state has permission to use federal funds to buy private policies for uninsured adults on the exchange. But the Arkansas model costs 50 percent more, as the Times/Herald Bureau reports.