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Senate President Wants To Boost Nursing Home Payments

Dec 11, 2017

Senate President Joe Negron said Friday he thinks Florida's nursing homes should be paid more for providing care to the state's elder and frail residents.

Negron Trims Controversial Water Plan

Apr 5, 2017

Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday toned down a wide-ranging water bill intended to protect his district's waterways, as he sought to make it more palatable to House leaders and people living south of Lake Okeechobee.

Negron’s Water Plan Clears First Hurdle

Feb 8, 2017

Senate President Joe Negron's plan to buy farmland south of Lake Okeechobee to try to prevent the return of toxic algae blooms in Treasure Coast waterways drew unanimous support Tuesday at its first Senate committee.

Senate President Joe Negron is getting high marks from environmentalists for his campaign to clean up Lake Okeechobee runoff, but the Port St. Lucie Republican isn’t willing, at least yet, to ban hydraulic fracturing in Florida.

Negron Eyes Changes To Medicaid

Dec 21, 2016

With Donald Trump moving into the White House and Republicans controlling Congress, Florida Senate President Joe Negron said Tuesday he wants to start working on a "framework" for how the state could move forward with major changes in the Medicaid program.

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Republican Joe Negron was sworn in as the new President of the Florida Senate last month and he recently laid out his priorities for education in the state. That includes more money for higher education and boosting the reputation of Florida's universities.

Senate President Pitches Juvenile Justice, University Changes

Nov 24, 2016
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Senate President Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican unanimously elected to lead the Senate on Tuesday, regaled colleagues with an account of putting Ronald Reagan stickers outside a home owned by the Bush family on Jupiter Island.

The story from the 1980 presidential campaign served as an anecdote of youthful "mischief," as Negron reiterated his desire to eliminate punitive juvenile-justice laws.

Joe Negron Ready To Take Helm Of Senate

Nov 19, 2016

After running powerful budget committees in the House and Senate and emerging last year from a contentious leadership fight, Stuart Republican Joe Negron is set to take the gavel Tuesday as president of the Florida Senate.

Negron, a 55-year-old attorney, will formally replace Orlando Republican Andy Gardiner during a one-day organization session of the Legislature. Across the Capitol's fourth floor, Land O' Lakes Republican Richard Corcoran will take over as House speaker.

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Preparing to make public universities a priority during the next two years, incoming Senate President Joe Negron says more and better scholarships will help take Florida's higher-education system to the next level.

The Stuart Republican has made clear his goal of finding an additional $1 billion for the 12 public universities during his two-year term as president, which is slated to begin after the November elections.

'Direct Primary Care' Draws Senate Questions

Feb 10, 2016

Senators raised questions Tuesday about a bill that could help doctors and patients enter into what are known as "direct primary care" agreements.

The proposal, which has been moving through the House and Senate, would make clear that direct-primary care agreements are not covered by state insurance laws. Under the agreements, patients or their employers would make monthly payments to doctors for primary-care services, cutting out the role of insurers.

Central Florida Republican Senator Joe Negron is officially the next leader of the state senate. Negron says he plans to address higher education funding, water policy and reforms in the criminal justice system.

According to recent national reports, there are thousands of untested rape kits around the U.S.—leading to a backlog of unsolved cases. The Florida Legislature is now considering putting thousands of dollars into a statewide rape kit assessment.

State Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Jacksonville, says the debate over how exactly to implement the Affordable Care Act in Florida is far from over. 

"There's going to be much more discussion as to what we should do next year as we watch other states," Bean said.  "Maybe we can also clarify exactly what the federal government has in mind."

Lawmakers in the Florida Senate voted 38 to 1 to pass the bill to create the Healthy Florida plan, state Sen. Joe Negron's alternative to Medicaid expansion.  

It accepts federal funds to provide premium assistance for about 1.1 million Floridians to buy health insurance.

Negron said people who receive the assistance will be responsible for co-pays and deductibles.

"This is not a giveaway program," Negron said. 

The Florida Senate is scheduled to vote on state Sen. Joe Negron's Healthy Florida plan on Tuesday, which would accept billions of dollars in federal funds through the Affordable Care Act to provide health coverage to 1.1 million uninsured low-income Floridians.

Negron, R-Stuart, sounded determined but pessimistic on Monday, saying he doesn't see how the Senate's plan can be meshed with the House's version, which accepts no federal funds and would provide subsidies to about 115,000.

State Sen. Aaron Bean's bare-bones Florida Health Choices Plus plan is no longer an alternative to Medicaid expansion in Florida.

An amendment presented by state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, was approved by a vote of 36-0 and removed the language from the bill to create that plan.  The Florida Health Choices Plus plan was presented by Sen. Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, as a way to cover some of the state's uninsured instead of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Lawmakers on a Senate health policy committee voted along party lines this afternoon in favor of State Sen. Aaron Bean's plan to help uninsured Floridians. It's an alternative to State Sen. Joe Negron's "Healthy Florida" plan, which he presented after lawmakers rejected Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.