Capital Report: 02-26-2016

Feb 26, 2016

Governor Rick Scott has raised the profile of balanced billing in the healthcare system and now the Florida legislature is trying to tamp down on it. Lynn Hatter reports a Senate Bill limiting how and when hospitals can charge patients for out-of-network services is on its way to the chamber floor.

Changes are likely in store for the state’s life insurance industry.  Nick Evans reports lawmakers are on the verge of approving a measure that requires companies look harder for beneficiaries.

Florida Public Radio’s Jim Ash talks with Tom Flanigan about how a Florida fracking bill could survive despite a narrow defeat Thursday in an important Senate committee.

Citrus Greening continues to plague the state’s multi-billion dollar industry. The latest estimates show a significant decrease in crops. But Regan McCarthy reports Florida government leaders aren’t ready to give up.

The Florida Senate has passed a bill allowing the state to provide financial help to the families who want to rebury the remains of loved ones found on the Panhandle property of the former Dozier School for Boys.  Sascha Cordner reports the bill’s House counterpart is also on the way to that chamber’s floor for a vote.

State lawmakers want to make Florida the ‘most veteran friendly in the nation.’ This session, lawmakers are sticking with that pledge, with a push to improve veteran employment and education. Kate Payne reports.