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Florida hospitals are intently watching the negotiations between the state and federal government over health care funding. The state has been talking to the federal government about renewing a wavier for health care services for low-income Floridians.

A map representing the 13 regions for Medicaid Managed Care
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Florida is asking for extraordinary power to revamp its Medicaid program. It’s prompting alarms from health advocacy organizations and policy analysts because it could cut off access to health care for millions of Floridians. They also complain it’s being done without stakeholder input.

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As lawmakers grapple with healthcare costs, they’re taking another look at rules governing where health care centers can be built. Those rules are called certificate of need. A scaled-down version of a bill addressing certificate of need is in play, but it’s not without controversy.

Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding
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Governor Rick Scott is accusing Florida hospitals of price-gouging patients. He’s vowing to change that. But the Florida Hospital Association calls the governor’s statements mean-spirited.

Thirty five thousand nurses are injured every year lifting patients, and a Democratic lawmaker wants to do something about it.

Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding
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Governor Rick Scott’s hospital finance group and the state’s healthcare agency have released the names of hospitals that haven’t responded to the group’s requests for information. The move comes amid an increasingly bitter debate over the future of healthcare funding in Florida.

Governor Rick Scott’s hospital finance commission meets for the first time today, and it's already running into head winds.

A new coalition combining local business and health care groups is pushing a plan to insure more than a million Floridians who currently fall in the so-called Medicaid coverage gap.

More than a million Floridians make too much money to qualify for Medicaid under the state’s current income limits, but too little to qualify for insurance subsidies in the federally-run insurance exchange. The Florida legislature has twice rejected plans to expand Medicaid to those people.  

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State Representative Mike Fasano is calling the legislature’s decision not to expand Medicaid under the federal health law a quote “cop out”. Fasano made the remarks at a rally put on by the state’s hospital associations Tuesday:

 “To hear from those in both chambers that we’re going to come up with an alternative. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s a cop out. Nothing more than a cop out. We should have been working on this for the past two years," he said.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital serves a high number of uninsured and low-income Floridians.

“Without the extension of coverage Florida healthcare providers will be financially penalized with no opportunities to replace those lost revenues with additional Medicaid payments,” Sarasota Memorial Hospital President and CEO Gwen MacKenzie told a Senate panel Monday.

MacKenzie says the hospital had more than $84 million dollars in unpaid hospital bills, called uncompensated care, in 2012.

Florida hospitals are closely watching how the state goes about implanting the federal healthcare law. More specifically, they want state lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage to more Floridians. The hospitals say the benefits of expanding Medicaid outweigh the costs.