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Health Care Battle Puts Nearly Everything in Legislative Limbo

By Gray Rohrer, Orlando Sentinel
April 20, 2015

From education to mental health and tax cuts, most key issues before the Legislature are in limbo as the House and Senate wage war over health-care spending for the poor.

Gov. Scott Reverses Course, Opposes Medicaid Expansion

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press
April 7, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott reversed course Monday, saying he no longer supports Medicaid expansion as talks break down between Florida and its request for the federal government to extend funds to hospitals that serve low-income patients.

Hispanic Group: Medicaid Expansion in Florida Would Help 200k Latinos

By Associated Press, Tampa Tribune
April 6, 2015

Hispanic advocates say at least 200,000 Latinos could get health insurance if Florida lawmakers choose to expand Medicaid.

FL Senators Meet with Feds Over Health Care Money

By Associated Press, Health News Florida
April 2, 2015

Amid growing budget discord that could derail this year's session of the Florida Legislature, Senate President Andy Gardiner dispatched two top Republican senators to Washington to talk with federal officials about more than $1 billion in health care grants the state could soon lose.

Scott Should Join Battle For Better Health Care

Editorial, Sun Sentinel
March 31, 2015

Slowly but surely, Florida's business community is recognizing the obvious: Taking the estimated $51 billion in federal funds to expand Medicaid would be beneficial to Florida.

At Midpoint, a Health Care Chasm

By Lloyd Dunkelberger, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
March 30, 2015

Lawmakers hit the midpoint of their 60-day session on Wednesday in one of the most contentious sessions in recent history.

PPP Poll: Floridians Support Medicaid Expansion, Marriage Equality

By Scott Powers , Orlando Sentinel
March 27, 2015

A new poll from Public Policy Polling finds Floridians strongly support the idea of expanding Medicaid in the state to capture federal money and close the coverage gap, an option the Legislature has resisted.

Minority Report: New Study Indicates More Barriers Than You Thought to Health Care Access

By Billy Manes, Orlando Weekly
March 25, 2015

We just got off a conference call with representatives from the Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment and the Alliance for a Just Society – along with several people suffering from the "Barriers " referenced in the report's title, "Breaking Barriers to Health Care Access in Florida" – and, well, the news isn't good (as always).

House, Senate Healthcare Dispute Shows Up In $4B Gap In Spending Plans

Lynn Hatter, Health News Florida
March 23, 2015

Continued uncertainty over federal health funding is causing budget pains in the Florida legislature.

Floridians Rally for Healthcare Expansion

By Charlene Cristobal, WCTV Tallahassee
March 19, 2015

At 23-years-old, Matthew Ross from Brevard County says he's only able to work a few hours everyday after an injury left him partially disabled.