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At the Capitol: Oral Meds, Medicaid, More

The capitol buildings in Tallahassee
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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

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.

Meanwhile, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater told the Florida Chamber of Commerce he expects the expansion to happen one way or another, the Miami Herald reports. 
In other legislative news:

  • Bill to expand prescribing power for optometrists moves forward, the Florida Current reports.
  • Cancer patients lobby to get rid of insurance coverage disparities between IV and oral medication, the Florida Current reports.
  • Texting-while-driving ban gets unanimous approval from Senate committee, the Lakeland Ledger reports. 
  • Lawmakers, other officials push to close gun show loophole with universal background checks, the Florida Current reports. 
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