Recent Updates

Rick Scott Doesn’t Offer Much on Low Income Pool Letter From Feds

By Christine Jordan Sexton, Florida Politics
May 22, 2015

Scott on Thursday would not say whether he would drop his lawsuit against the federal government now that Florida has been given tentative assuance that the Low Income Pool program will exist for the next two years.

Now is not the time to back off health care access, Senate Prez Andy Gardiner tells members

By Christine Jordan Sexton, SaintPetersblog
May 21, 2015

Senate President Andy Gardiner sent a memo to members on Thursday advising that the tentative $1 billion approval of Low Income Pool funds for fiscal year 2015-16 does not mean that Florida’s health care debate is over.

A Peek Inside Florida Lawmakers' Medicaid Mailbag

By Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
May 19, 2015

They sound angry, disappointed and embarrassed.

Lawmakers Add Medicaid Expansion to Agenda for Upcoming Special Session

By James L. Rosica and Matt Dixon, Tampa Tribune
May 18, 2015

The heads of the state House of Representatives and Senate late Friday said they had agreed on an agenda for the June special session to finish the state’s 2015-16 budget.

Scott’s Memo to Agencies Among Latest in Dizzying Campaign Against Health Expansion

By John Kennedy, Palm Beach Post
May 18, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott ordered Florida agency heads Thursday to begin steps for keeping key state services running in the face of a possible July 1 government shutdown caused by the Legislature’s fight over health care.

New CAP Fact Sheet Busts Myths About LIP Funding in the Medicaid Expansion Debate in Florida

Press Release, Center for American Progress
May 15, 2015

Excerpt: “Medicaid expansion has enabled roughly 4.6 million newly eligible Americans to get affordable care in the 30 states that have chosen to do so,” said Mark Ferrulo, executive director of Progress Florida…“The debate over LIP funding is merely a distraction from the real issue at hand—Florida’s refusal to expand Medicaid and ensure access to affordable health care.”

Scott’s Finger-Pointing on Who’s to Blame for Crisis Fails to Convince

By Paula Dockery, Miami Herald
May 14, 2015

Rick Scott has a problem. He has 840,000 working poor in the state that don’t have health insurance.

Scott Names Health Care Panelists; Apparently, No Experience Necessary

By John Kennedy, Palm Beach Post
May 12, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott named nine Floridians — only one with any health care background — to a new panel Monday that is charged with examining hospital revenue, spending and patient outcomes.

Day after “good conversation” with feds, Scott seeks injunction against them

By John Kennedy, Palm Beach Post
May 8, 2015

A day after saying he had a “good conversation” with federal officials about Florida hospital funding, Gov. Rick Scott filed a legal motion Thursday seeking to bar the Obama administration from stopping $1.3 billion flowing to the state.

Scott Rules Out Medicaid Expansion

By Lloyd Dunkelberger, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
May 6, 2015

With the 2015 legislative session in shambles and a government shutdown looming, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday stepped up his opposition to the Senate plan to expand Medicaid to cover 800,000 low-income Floridians.