Health News Florida
9:11 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Gardiner's Agenda On Disabilities Mostly Dies With House Exit

Senate President Andy Gardiner

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:02 am

The surprise early exit of the Florida House from the 2015 regular session likely means that most of a legislative package dear to Senate President Andy Gardiner is dead.

Gardiner, R-Orlando, made it a priority this year to pass bills to give greater educational and vocational opportunities to people with disabilities --- or, as Gardiner likes to call them, "unique abilities."

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Health News Florida
9:11 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Statewide Hearings on LIP Start In Orlando

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Elizabeth Dudek

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:14 am

For the first time today, the public will get to weigh in on what to do with a federal program for the uninsured that’s created gridlock in Tallahassee. The Wednesday meeting in Orlando kicks off a series of statewide hearings on the Low Income Pool, or LIP.

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Health News Florida
8:27 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Scott Files Lawsuit Over Medicaid Expansion

Governor Rick Scott

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:09 am

Florida Gov. Rick Scott sued the Obama administration Tuesday, charging that federal officials are coercing the state to expand Medicaid in order to get $1 billion in federal hospital funds.

The Republican governor points to a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision saying the federal government can't coerce states to expand Medicaid, which is exactly what he says the Obama administration is doing by withholding hospital funds.

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Law & Order
8:24 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Justices Deeply Divided Over Same-Sex-Marriage Arguments

Michelle McKelvey (left) and Meg McKelvey sit near demonstrators outside of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. They have been together for two years.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 1:41 pm

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed closely divided Tuesday over the question of gay marriage, with Justice Anthony Kennedy likely holding the deciding vote.

Kennedy, who over the past two decades has written the court's three decisions recognizing and expanding gay rights, seemed conflicted on the question of marriage.

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Health News Florida
8:21 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Florida's House Quits Early, At Impasse Over Medicaid Expansion

Florida state Senate president Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, was applauded by his fellow senators Tuesday, after expressing his disappointment with the Florida House for ending its session three days early, instead of working through the budget clash.
Steve Cannon AP

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 2:22 pm

The Republican-controlled Florida legislature — at odds over the question of whether to expand Medicaid — abruptly ended its session three days early on Tuesday, leaving hundreds of bills that are unrelated to health care unfinished.

Andy Gardiner, president of Florida's state Senate, says he's disappointed with the House's decision to stop negotiating and leave town.

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Law & Order
8:21 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Baltimore Update: A Forceful Mom And A Fan-Free Baseball Game

A woman in Baltimore holds a sign Tuesday night telling protesters to go home; a curfew and community intervention are being credited with helping ease tensions in the city.
John Taggart EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 2:15 pm

The streets of Baltimore were quieter Tuesday night, a day after vandalism and rioting forced officials to implement a curfew. Today, the Orioles plan to play an MLB game without an audience, and a woman who yanked her son away from potential trouble is making headlines.

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News
5:19 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Supreme Court Hears Challenge To 4 States' Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

Demonstrators for and against same-sex marriage rallied in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 4:06 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Tuesday about whether states have the power to ban same-sex marriage. A dozen couples are challenging the bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Health News Florida
4:09 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Scott Files Suit Against Obama Over Medicaid Expansion

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 7:07 pm

Florida Gov. Rick Scott sued the Obama administration Tuesday, charging that federal officials are coercing the state to expand Medicaid in order to get $1 billion in federal hospital funds.

The Republican governor points to a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision saying the federal government can't coerce states to expand Medicaid, which is exactly what he says the Obama administration is doing by withholding hospital funds.

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News
3:53 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Orioles-Rays Weekend Series Moves From Baltimore To The Trop

The scoreboard announces that the baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox is postponed, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore.
AP

Amid violence in Baltimore, the Orioles weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays -- originally scheduled for May 1 -3  in Baltimore -- will now be played in at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, with the Orioles serving as the home team.

The Orioles have also postponed a second straight game against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday after a night of rioting near Camden Yards.

The team announced later Tuesday that the Orioles-White Sox series would resume on Wednesday at 2:05 p.m. but that the game would be closed to the public.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

FL House Adjourns 3 Days Early Over Budget Impasse

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 4:23 pm

  

The Florida House adjourned its annual session three days early because of  a budget impasse with the Senate over Medicaid expansion.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said Tuesday afternoon that his members had done all they could and felt it was best to return later with a clean slate.

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Law & Order
11:38 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Record Number Of Amicus Briefs Filed In Same-Sex-Marriage Cases

The stack of amicus briefs filed as of April 9 reached past the knee of NPR legal affairs intern Anthony Palmer. The briefs cost, on average, an estimated $25,000 to $50,000.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 9:25 am

This week's same-sex-marriage cases at the Supreme Court brought in a record number of friend-of-the-court briefs — 148 of them, according to the court, beating the previous record of 136 in the 2013 Obamacare case.

These briefs, known formally by their Latin name, amicus briefs, are filed by groups, individuals, and governments that have an interest in the outcome.

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Health News Florida
11:38 am
Tue April 28, 2015

How Getting Married Affects Health Insurance Tax Credits

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 10:33 am

If you're about to tie the knot, do you know how a change in marital status could affect the credit you got toward health insurance when you were single? You could end up having to repay a big chunk of the money. Here's the question and an answer that lays out the way the IRS handles the situation.

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Politics
10:18 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Politifact Florida on House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Medicaid Expansion

The Florida House and Senate have been going back and forth over whether or not the state should accept billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid in the state.  The Senate wants take the money and steer it into private plans.  The House want no part of it.  In fact, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli suggests that the public is against the idea.

Crisafulli said, "Medicaid expansion isn’t necessarily a very popular issue on the street."

We spoke with Josh Gillin of Politifact for the ruling.
 

 
 

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Health News Florida
9:17 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Guardianship Bills Racing The Clock

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 8:43 am

As lawmakers enter the final days of the regular legislative session, they have not resolved proposals aimed at shielding older Floridians from predatory private guardians who take control of the seniors' assets.

 

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Health News Florida
9:17 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Gardiner: Send Full FHIX Plan to Feds

Senate President Andy Gardiner

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 3:00 pm

Florida Medicaid’s request that federal officials send the state $2.2 billion dollars to keep the Low Income Pool subsidies flowing to hospitals won’t work because a vital part is missing, Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner says.

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