Lawmakers Strike Deal On Hospital FundingLawmakers struck a deal Friday on how to spend about $2 billion in hospital funding in the budget year that begins July 1, clearing a key sticking point in talks about a state spending plan and potentially clearing the way to end a special session next week as scheduled.
LIP Deal Struck As Budget Talks ContinueLawmakers have agreed on a formula to divvy up about $2 billion in local, state and federal funding for hospitals that care for large numbers of low-income patients.
House Backs Off Bonding For Education, EnvironmentHouse leaders backed off a request for tens of millions of dollars in bonding for education and environmental projects Thursday, removing one of the stumbling blocks to a final deal on a state spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1.
Budget Chiefs To Resume NegotiationsSenate and House officials will resume budget negotiations after a quiet Wednesday.
'Bumped' Budget Issues Include Key Hospital ProgramA number of budget issues moved up the legislative ladder Tuesday, prompting the next round of talks meant to resolve the difference between the House and Senate spending plans.
Lee Blasts 'Hypocritical' House As Talks ContinueEven as a flare-up in negotiations on economic-development spending demonstrated simmering tensions between the House and Senate, lawmakers continued Monday to try to come to agreement in two areas that helped spark an ongoing special session: funding for health care and environmental projects.
House, Senate Agree On LIP Total, Load Up ED BudgetAfter months of federal negotiations and proposals floated by Gov. Rick Scott, the House and the Senate, lawmakers on Saturday reached tentative agreements on how much money should flow to hospitals and other medical providers that care for large numbers of low-income patients.
House Poised To Vote Down Senate's Medicaid Expansion BillHouse Republicans seemed poised to vote down the Senate's Medicaid expansion bill.
Florida Groups To Back Feds In 'LIP' LawsuitSome Florida groups have come to the defense of the Obama administration in a lawsuit filed by Florida Governor Rick Scott over a health-care battle.
Feds Take Aim At Gov. Scott's LIP LawsuitDescribing the state's arguments as "baseless," federal officials this week fired back in court against Gov. Rick Scott's contention that the Obama administration has unconstitutionally tried to link expanding Medicaid with the continuation of a key health-care funding program.
House, Senate Still Stuck In Health DebateA rare June special session began Monday with legislative leaders promising to get done with the unfinished business left over from their annual spring meeting: passing a spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1.
Gov. Scott Health Panel To Meet Again Next WeekAmid a battle over hospital funding, a panel created by Florida Governor Rick Scott will meet next week at the Capitol.
Senate Floats Revised Health Coverage Plan The Florida Senate floated a health care coverage plan in an effort to break the logjam over extending coverage to hundreds of thousands of Floridians.
Lower LIP Funding Sets Stage For Session DebateFlorida can anticipate about $1 billion in funding for a health-care program at the center of a state budget standoff, a high-ranking federal official wrote in a letter Thursday, giving lawmakers a better idea of what to expect when they begin a special session next month.
Florida Republicans Call On Feds To Extend LIP FundingA dozen Republicans in Florida's congressional delegation sent a letter this week to President Barack Obama calling for continuation of the Low Income Pool health-funding program.