Recent Updates

2 doctors in Florida House clash openly over health care policy

By Michael Auslen, Miami Herald, December 1, 2015

Disagreement between two doctors in the Florida House over health policy flared up Tuesday, derailing a bill that would expand pharmacists’ role in health care.

Florida Governor Rick Scott's $79.3B Budget Roils Hospitals

By Ryan Benk, WUSF, November, 24, 2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott is asking the Legislature to pass a $79.3 billion state budget next year.

ACA Recruiters Focus On Food Fairs, Churches

By Phil Gaelwitz, Kaiser Health News, November 17, 2015

For the past week, Henry Bowles has stood along a busy road here six hours a day holding a sign that reads “Obamacare Help Center- Free Enrollment” and points to a nearby insurance agency.

Repeal Obamacare? Then what?

By Lloyd Dunkelberger, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, November 16, 2015

Although they have differed over policies like immigration reform and foreign affairs, the 14 Republican candidates for president who attended the Florida GOP’s “Sunshine Summit” are united on one issue.

Lack of health care action costly

Editorial, Fort Myers News-Press, November 16, 2015

A major political divide over Medicaid Expansion in Tallahassee that starts at the top and filters through both the Senate and House chambers comes at a high cost to taxpayers and to the health care industry.

Florida’s Medicaid privatization raises costs, not quality

By F. Douglas Stephenson, Ocala Star-Banner, November 15, 2015

Like many other states, Florida has shifted the administration of its Medicaid into a managed care program administered by the private insurance industry.

Florida poor children missing out on Obamacare boon

By Jon Pacenti, Palm Beach Post, November 9, 2015

A new report finds that the Affordable Care Act is responsible for the lowest uninsured rate among children in the nation’s history. But Florida’s poor children are not among those celebrating.

Rick Scott Pushes Health Care Agenda at Budget Meeting

By Christine Sexton, POLITICO
August 4, 2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott is continuing his push to block Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, to allow the sale of insurance across state lines and possibly to eliminate certificate of need requirements for hospitals.

The Failing Health Safety Net

Editorial, Daytona Beach News-Journal
August 7, 2015

For too many Volusia and Flagler county residents, health care is something they dream about, worry about — but can never just take for granted.

Corrine Brown Calls For Constitutional Amendment Requiring Medicaid Expansion in Florida

By Andrew Pantazi, Florida Times-Union
August 4, 2015

If the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott won’t pass Medicaid expansion, then U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, said she will let voters decide with a constitutional amendment — after she figures out the ballot language, prints the petition and finds volunteers across the state who will organize petition drives.