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Gov. Rick Scott presses HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for Medicaid waiver



Gov. Rick Scott today wrapped up a four-day visit to Washington with meetings with housing and health care officials and the new chairman of the Republican National Committee. Spokesman Brian Burgess gave a rundown:

  • With HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Scott discussed transitional housing for Florida veterans returning from overseas.
  • With HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Scott asked for an expedited approval of a Medicaid waiver so Florida can attempt to reform the sprawling, costly program by giving patients more access to managed care companies. "Both had an open mind and listened to each others' concerns," Burgess said.
  • With RNC chairman Reince Priebus, Scott talked about security and logistics for the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa and also about a concern Priebus has about fundraising. Priebus plans to replace the convention team, which started working under former RNC chairman Michael Steele and drew heat for excessive spending, with his own team. He was to fly to Tampa last week, but a snowstorm got in the way. UPDATE: Now he plans to visit on Wednesday.
  • Scott and Priebus also discussed Florida’s presidential primary, which was moved up in 2008 so the state would yield more weight in picking the nominee. Scott told Priebus he’d like to keep it as early as possible without losing delegates.
  • Finally, Scott visited Oakwood School in nearby Annandale, Va., "a private, nonprofit school for elementary and middle school students with mild to moderate learning differences."



[Last modified: Monday, January 31, 2011 8:36pm]


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