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5:45 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

House Leader Says "No" To Medicaid Expansion But Advocates Undeterred

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli
Credit Florida Channel

Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli says his chamber is not interested in using federal dollars to add up to a million low-income people on the state’s Medicaid rolls. But some organizations aren’t taking “no” for an answer.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli calls Medicaid a broken system, and says he’d rather pursue other aspects of healthcare—like expanding access through services like telemedicine, or letting nurses and other healthcare practitioners do more. What he’s not interested in: a Medicaid Expansion.

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Health & Science
7:36 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

House, Senate Remain Divided On Medicaid Expansion

The Senate says it would consider expanding Florida's Medicaid program to nearly a million more low-income Floridians. The House is continuing to say no.

The federal government’s deal with Indiana to expand that state’s Medicaid program could boost the prospect of expansion in Florida. Indiana’s Medicaid expansion program includes co-pays and premiums for low-income people—something popular among republicans.  Senate President Andy Gardiner says Indiana has caught his chamber’s attention.

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Health & Science
5:23 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Feds To Florida: We're Willing To Talk About Medicaid Expansion

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell
Credit U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says her agency is open to negotiating with states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs to more people.

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Health & Science
6:49 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Florida Chamber Says It Will Support Medicaid Expansion...With Caveats

The Florida Chamber of Commerce
Credit The Florida Chamber of Commerce

The pro-business Florida Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its health priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

The list includes big battles of years past—like letting some nurses and physician assistants expand their scope-of-practice, revamping the rules regarding medical lawsuits and possibly expanding the state’s Medicaid program for low-income Floridians. But that last part comes with a caveat--like capping how much Medicaid can take up in overall state spending.

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Health & Science
5:59 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Advocates Planning Major Push For Medicaid Expansion

Advocates of a Medicaid expansion are counting on several issues converging at once to help push the reluctant and Republican-dominated House—to accept the dollars.

The first is the looming expiration of $2 billion provided to hospitals to help cover uninsured patients called the Low-Income Pool. The second: the businesses face tax penalties if certain workers are uninsured.

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