On Wednesday, state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Palm City, questioned Gov. Rick Scott’s budget staff about the priorities of a proposal that would provide additional funding to the state’s Medicaid program while slashing spending on education.
On Wednesday, state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Palm City, questioned Gov. Rick Scott’s budget staff about the priorities of a proposal that would provide additional funding to the state’s Medicaid program while slashing spending on education. #
This morning, Negron said he would introduce a Medicaid reform bill next week seeking “immediate savings” on the program that provides medical care to the needy. #
Members of Scott’s staff have said their plan allows the state a year to seek a federal waiver and shift the program to a managed-care model that would make private providers responsible for holding down costs, which would be up and running in 2012. #
Negron acknowledged that reform would take some time to phase in, but said budget cuts couldn’t wait another year. #
The Senate will hold a Medicaid presentation in its chambers on Tuesday, when some details of the reform plan will be announced. Negron said he plans to discuss the reform bill when the Health Appropriations panel he oversees meets the following Thursday. #
A Nevada judge on Monday ruled (.pdf) that his state's proposed fetal personhood measure, which would outlaw abortion by defining life as beginning at the moment of conception, is misleading and confusing to voters. As part of his decision, the judge rewrote the initiative to include language that makes it less vague.
Senate President Mike Haridopolos responded Wednesday to criticism of the Smart Cap proposal he plans to pass during the first week of the upcoming legislative session. The law would limit the amount of revenue the state can collect.