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.
Questions Raised After Kids Moved Out Of Health ProgramThe state last month removed about 2,000 children from a specialized program that provides services to medically fragile kids, finding that they were no longer "clinically eligible" under a new screening process.
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.
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.
Feds Say Florida Could Get $1B For Low Income PoolA top federal official told Florida it can likely expect $1 billion in the budget year, that begins July 1, for a key health-care program known as the Low Income Pool, according to a letter dated Thursday.
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.
HCA Seeks Higher Medicaid Payments For Low Income PatientsHCA, which has 46 hospitals across the state, has sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott calling for an overhaul of the way Florida pays for care of low-income patients.
State Agencies Impacted If Budget Deal Can't Be ReachEvery thing from money for teachers and child abuse investigations to how the state responds in the wake of a hurricanes would be impacted if the Florida legislature can't reach a deal on a new budget in the next couple of weeks.
Hospitals Against Gov. Scott's Revenue Sharing ProposalFlorida hospitals have fired back against Gov. Rick Scott in the latest salvo over the governor's suggestion that the health-care facilities mimic professional baseball teams in sharing revenues.
Scott Raises Specter Of Government ShutdownGov. Rick Scott raised the possibility Thursday that state government could shut down because of a budget impasse in the Legislature and asked agencies to outline services that need to keep running regardless of whether lawmakers reach an agreement.
Gov. Scott Back In DC, Seeking Support In Obamacare FightFlorida Governor Rick Scott was back in Washington, D.C. Tuesday slamming federal health officials for denying his request to extend federal hospital funds.
Film Industry Wants Another Shot At IncentivesThe film and television industry in Florida wants lawmakers to take another look at a revamped production-incentives package that stalled when the House cut short the regular legislative session.
Scott Appoints 9 To Hospital CommissionNine new members have been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to a commission that will review the finances of hospitals that receive tax-payer funds.