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Florida Governor Rick Scott's plan to expand Medicaid coverage to cover about 1 million more poor people suffered a potential death blow on Monday when the proposal failed to make it out of a key state legislative committee. Read more from Reuters and the Associated Press.
» Big Florida business groups have sea change on Medicaid expansion
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» Senate puts forth alternative to Medicaid expansion
» Senate Panel Says No to Medicaid Expansion, Wants 'Florida Plan'
Despite a sluggish economy, the American Indian tribal gambling industry saw continued growth in 2011. Florida’s Indian tribes generated total gambling revenue of about $2.16 billion, up by 5 percent. In 2011, Florida’s Indian gaming sites showed growth over 2010 totals, but it was slower than in prior years, when it grew 18 percent in 2008 and 10 percent in 2009. [Source: Naples Daily News]
Health-care leaders in Florida are developing innovative methods to care for many patients in the comfort of their homes or in nursing homes instead of sending them on costly and risky trips to the hospital. These Florida initiatives are tackling one of the biggest problems facing Congress and the nation: how to provide quality care at lower cost without raising taxes or cutting benefits. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Attorney Brian Albritton is back to defending corporate clients.
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In 2008, when he became the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, Brian Albritton set aside his 18-year specialty of white-collar criminal defense and embraced the prosecutor’s role. As much as he enjoyed being U.S. Attorney, the 54-year-old Tampa native is now back where he started, defending corporate clients against the same assistant U.S. attorneys he used to lead. Full story.
The widening gap in life expectancy between two adjacent Florida counties reflects perhaps the starkest outcome of the nation’s growing economic inequality: Even as the nation’s life expectancy has marched steadily upward, reaching 78.5 years in 2009, a growing body of research shows that those gains are going mostly to those at the upper end of the income ladder. [Source: Washington Post]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Floridians still waiting for solar rebates
Green technology works, but it comes with a price. In 2006, the State of Florida made it worthwhile, offering a solar rebate of up to $20,000. But 11,000 Floridians are still waiting for the state to fulfill $26 million in solar rebate promises that never came through.
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› UCF to receive $1.4 million grant to open entrepreneurial center
Unlike similar programs that cater largely to business students and others in specific majors, this one will invite all students — from freshmen to doctoral candidates, art majors to future physicists — to come in for advice about how to develop plans for new products and services.
› Florida researchers develop medically safer hybrid grapefruit
Grapefruit fans who gave up the fruit to avoid potentially dangerous interactions with their prescription medications may soon be able to indulge in the tangy fruit without risk.
› TurboCombustor Technology expands in Stuart
In a sign of strength for the region’s aerospace industry, a maker of engine parts is adding 200 workers. TurboCombustor Technology Chief Executive Greg Bennett offers a plain-English description of what his company does. “We make the hot section of the jet engine,” Bennett said.
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