Capitol Update: Healthcare

The Florida Legislature gathered for its first week of committee meetings in the New Year, and several important healthcare discussions occurred.

Ensuring Florida remains the best place to live, work, and play has been a top priority for the Florida Chamber for the last 100 years. This means a strong focus on policies that seek to drive down the cost of care shifted onto businesses as well as support for innovations that will result in greater access and quality outcomes for Floridians.

Below is a summary of healthcare conversations the Florida Chamber monitored this week. To learn more about any of these issues, please contact me at bhunt@flchamber.com.

  • The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Committee heard an update from the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs on VA healthcare issues,
  • An update on the State’s Medicaid Program was heard in a variety of Healthcare committees, including: The House Health & Human Services Committee, the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, and the Senate Appropriations Committee,
  • The House Health Innovation Subcommittee heard an overview of the Certificate of Need Program from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), which included a panel discussion featuring Florida Chamber member Florida State University, and
  • House Speaker Richard Corcoran (R-Lutz) briefed Florida Chamber Board members in town for the Leadership Fly-In on his perspectives and philosophies surrounding the overall healthcare conversation.
  • Federal Healthcare Watch: Early this Thursday morning, the United States Senate passed a budget resolution that sets the stage for a bill that could repeal major pieces of the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare. Friday, the United States House of Representatives approved the same resolution by a 227-198 vote margin. The House and Senate resolutions allow for the repeal bill to be drafted and introduced, which could occur as early as January 27, 2017. That legislation would still need to be passed by both the House and Senate, before being sent to President-Elect Donald Trump for his signature.

The Florida Chamber will continue to provide you with regular updates on these important healthcare issues.

 

Learn More

This week, the Florida Chamber released its 2017 Competitiveness Agenda, which outlines our specific policy positions on healthcare and more.

Poll: Floridians Support Solar But Don’t Support Proposed Amendment That Could Increase Energy Cost

 

45% of Floridians Think Florida is Heading in the Right Direction

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (August 31 , 2015) – The latest Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) poll released today shows that Floridians support solar energy, but they do not support a proposed solar amendment that could drive up energy costs. Only 41 percent of likely Florida voters support Limits or Prevents Barriers to Local Solar Electricity Supply.

“Florida voters clearly support solar, but with 30 proposed constitutional amendments attempting to make their way onto the ballot and into Florida’s Constitution, voters will be looking closely at those that might increase their utility costs,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Strategy for the Florida Chamber.

The Florida Chamber filed an Amicus Brief with the Florida Supreme Court opposing this amendment. As noted in the brief prepared by former Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero, the Florida Chamber believes:

  • The solar initiative violates the single-subject requirement, and
  • The title and summary of the amendment are deceptive and misleading to Florida voters.

The group behind Limits or Prevents Barriers to Local Solar Electricity Supply must defend their proposed amendment before the Florida Supreme court on Tuesday.

Additional Florida Chamber survey results show that more Floridians believe Florida is heading in the right direction and almost half approve of the job Rick Scott is doing as Governor.

  • 45 percent (nearly one out of two) of Floridians believe Florida is heading in the right direction, and
  • 48 percent (nearly half) of Floridians approve of the job Rick Scott is doing as Governor.

Also, likely Florida voters believe the economy is the most important issue facing Florida. Specifically:

  • 22 percent of registered Florida voters say job creation and improving the economy is the most important issue facing our state,
  • 13 percent of registered Florida voters believe education should be the top issue in the state,
  • 11 percent of Florida voters are concerned about health care and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (known as ObamaCare), and
  • Immigration is gaining traction and seen as the most important issue by 8 percent of voters.

The survey, conducted on August 8-14, 2015 during live landline (62 percent) and cellular (38 percent) telephone calls, included a cross section of 611 registered voters and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

Please note:  The samples for the polls conducted by the Florida Chamber Political Institute are consistently drawn from likely voters, meaning those voters who have the propensity and past performance of voting in elections, rather than simply including registered voters.  Voters are again screened for likelihood of voting this November.

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