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'Surprise Billing' Called Rare in Florida Emergency Medicine

December 12, 2016 - 5:30pm
Bill Nelson

The Florida College of Emergency Physicians (FCEP) and its national counterparts today urged state and national policymakers to investigate the reimbursement practices of insurance companies, especially when patients go out of network for emergency medical care.

Gayle Harrell's Steady Ride; Betting Big on Scott Pruitt

December 10, 2016 - 6:00am

This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot.

Florida Delegation Praises House's Passage of Critical Water Infrastructure Bill

December 8, 2016 - 5:45pm
U.S. House members exit the Capitol Thursday.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation to address the needs of the country’s water resources -- the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act -- a bill particularly critical for priorities in the Sunshine State.

Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge Neglect: Environmentalists Use Classic Pivot

December 7, 2016 - 6:00am

There is no "push" to evict the federal government from running the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. None. No matter what you hear Florida environmentalists say to the contrary. 

Democratic Dirty Tricksters Maneuvering Stephen Bittel into Position to Replace Tant

December 5, 2016 - 1:30pm

Democratic leadership wants Annette Taddeo out of the way and just like that, she moves over. The former head of the Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee and former candidate for almost everything else is no longer running for state committeewoman.

Donor Fatigue Hits a Tapped-Out, Despondent Democratic Party

December 5, 2016 - 6:00am
John Morgan

Some of the biggest whales among Democratic donors -- millionaires like Orlando's John Morgan -- say they need a break after Hillary Clinton's loss. A long break. Nearly a month after Donald Trump's shocking upset, they still "feel like they just set their money on fire."

Bondi in New York; Jason Gonzalez 'The Guru'; and a Dubious Obama Legacy

December 3, 2016 - 6:00am

This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot.

Judge Karen Gievers and Florida's Broken Workers' Comp System

December 2, 2016 - 7:45am
Judge Karen Gievers

For the last five days I've been asking myself the same question, and I can't stand it anymore. It's time I asked it out loud. Why didn't Judge Karen Gievers of Florida's 2nd Judicial Circuit recuse herself? 

St. Pete 'First in Florida' Claim for All-Renewable-Energy a Little Over the Top

December 1, 2016 - 8:30am
Rick Kriseman, right, with Charlie Crist before the general election

Give  it up for St. Petersburg. In case you haven't heard, the Sunshine City is going to be the first in Florida to use 100 percent renewable energy.

Office of Insurance Regulation to Florida Workers: Sorry, No Break for You

November 29, 2016 - 6:30pm
Bill Herrle and Mark Touby

To virtually no one's surprise, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation vowed Tuesday to appeal a circuit judge's ruling that would block a 14.5 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates. 

The office filed a notice of appeal. That will allow the rate increase to start taking effect Thursday as originally planned. 

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