Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
The U.S. administration on Tuesday said it will not require employers to provide health insurance for their workers until 2015, in a move that delays a key provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law by a year. The delay of part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act represents the administration's response to widespread complaints about the reporting requirements for employers with more than 50 workers who are subject to the mandate. More from Reuters and Forbes and the Washington Post.
“Companies are no longer going toward the low-price products,” says Coaxial Components founder David Leiman.
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Stuart-based RF microwave component maker Coaxial Components is capitalizing on the favorable perception of American products abroad. Coaxicom, which has seen a 500% increase in sales to Chile, for example, is not alone in benefiting from the trend. Between 2000 and 2011, exports manufactured in Florida grew 143%, and small businesses like Coaxicom account for 67% of the state’s exports. Full story.
Fourteen Florida hospitals have reportedly agreed to pay about $11 million to settle charges of Medicare fraud in a whistleblower case involving a back procedure called "kyphoplasty." The settlement announced on Tuesday involved 55 hospitals in 21 states. [Source: Health News Florida]
In a sign of changing times, state programs designed to help homemakers find work are losing their homes. The Displaced Homemakers Program for 37 years has helped mostly women seeking jobs after being out of the workforce for long periods. But now, most of its 18 locations will shut down. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
A year after lawmakers agreed to allow advertising on state greenways and trails, the Florida Park Service has announced that sponsors are being sought for seven multi-use, paved trails from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Senior arcades sue Dave & Buster’s, Boomers
Owners of senior video arcades, frustrated at what they say is selective enforcement of Florida’s sweeping new prohibition of video gambling, are orchestrating a systematic campaign of lawsuits seeking to have the law applied to upscale arcade chains.
› FPL seeks small rate increase to meet clean-air standards
Florida Power & Light plans to make $822 million in power-plant upgrades to comply with federal clean-air standards and will seek to recover costs from customers, according to a recent request filed with the Florida Public Service Commission.
› Tech merger: Tampa's Tribridge acquiring Intelladon
Tribridge, a Tampa technology services firm specializing in Microsoft business applications and cloud solutions, said it will acquire Intelladon, a Tampa-based talent management solutions consultant and integrator.
› Sarasota phone company is a rising star
Star2Star Communications was launched in 2006 on a simple premise: Eventually, the Internet would allow cheaper, quality telephone calls that businesses and individuals could depend on.
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