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Report on Preventable Health Care Events Highlights Agency Work to Improve Medicaid Quality of Care and Reduce Costs

A new report from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration focuses on potentially preventable emergency room visits and hospital admissions to help answer the question, “What are we getting for our money?”
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The Growing Divide: Federal Tax Plan Would Give Massive Tax Cuts to Wealthy Floridians as the Poorest Americans Continue to Struggle

The federal tax plan broadly outlined by the current administration would do very little to create opportunities for Floridians struggling to make ends meet. Instead, the tax plan would provide massive tax cuts for Florida’s highest income earners, accordingly to a recent report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). Broadly outlined, the plan is likely to make an already unfair tax system that favors the wealthy even worse. Specific changes in the tax proposal are also likely to undermine state support for core services, which provide a pathway to self-sufficiency and economic independence for millions of moderate- and low-income Floridians.
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Florida Legislature Misses Opportunity to Reform State Criminal Justice System

The 2017 session ended with overtime meetings, requiring members to take three more days to hash out their major spending differences before sending the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18 budget to Governor Rick Scott’s desk, and a subsequent special session to address remaining issues. However, taking an important step in reforming the state’s criminal justice system — establishing the criminal justice task force — was not one of the results of the extra days.
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New Report Finds Shortcomings in Florida’s Scholarship Tax Credit Program

State tax policies are undermining high-quality public education by redirecting public dollars for K-12 education toward private schools via tuition tax credits, according to a new report published by the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and the School Superintendents Association (AASA). In the case of Florida, the scholarship tax credit program failed to achieve the primary objective of improving student performance. Instead, it left low-income students further behind academically those low-income students who stayed in public schools, according to the report.
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Behind the Numbers: Medicaid Saves Lives

The American Health Care Act is a troubling assault on the most vulnerable Floridians - the more than 4 million Medicaid beneficiaries. The bill radically restructures Medicaid financing. Over the next decade, $19.1 billion in federal funding would be cut from Florida’s Medicaid program, part of $839 billion in cuts across the country.
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Preserving Medicaid: The Best Mother’s Day Gift

Women will be hurt if federal funding for Florida’s Medicaid program is capped. Critical health care services for women will be on the chopping block.
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Budget Negotiation Transparency? Lots of Clouds, Little to No Sunshine

There are deep ideological divides been the Florida House and Senate. Both pledged transparency in the development of their budgets. However, with few public meetings and no additional input on major policy issues, legislative leaders have crafted major budget and policy bills behind closed doors.
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State Legislative Funding for Public Schools Still Lags Levels From 10 Years Ago

With less than one week remaining in the 2017 Legislative Session, many budget and policy decisions are unresolved. Funding for public schools is not one of those decisions. Once again, public schools are not winners in the state funding derby.
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How Will Florida Use Its New Low Income Pool (LIP) Funding? Congressmen Raise Key Questions and Transparency Concerns with Federal Officials

In a recent letter to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Congressmen Frank Pallone Jr. and Ron Wyden, ranking members of key Congressional committees overseeing the Medicaid program, raise major concerns about CMS’s sudden decision to keep funding Florida’s LIP program.
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House Reduction of the Personal Needs Allowance Symptomatic of a Harsh Budget for Vulnerable Floridians

The House proposes a reduction of nursing home patients’ monthly personal needs allowance-funds that significantly improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable Floridians.
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