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Florida Matters: 2016 Legislative Preview

The 2016 Florida Legislative session starts Jan. 12, and this week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 a.m.), we are previewing some of the bills lawmakers are proposing.

Among the issues expected to come up this session:

  • A proposal to once again make the education commissioner an elected position
  • The impact of prescription drugs on the state’s Medicaid budget
  • Changes to health insurance for state workers
  • Mandating recess, recruitment tools for teachers and changes to the Florida High School Athletic Association
  • Spending of Amendment 1 funds
  • Continued attempts to regulate telemedicine
  • Protections for insured patients who got surprise health-care bills

Lottie Watts is our Florida Mattersproducer, and she also covers health and health policy for.
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Carol Gentry, founder and special correspondent of Health News Florida, has four decades of experience covering health finance and policy, with an emphasis on consumer education and protection.After serving two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, Gentry worked for a number of newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times), the Tampa Tribune and Orlando Sentinel.  She was a Kaiser Foundation Media Fellow in 1994-95 and earned an Master's in Public Administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1996.  She directed a journalism fellowship program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for four years.Gentry created Health News Florida, an independent non-profit health journalism publication, in 2006, and served as editor until September, 2014, when she became a special correspondent. She and Health News Florida joined WUSF  in 2012.