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House reveals hospital war compromise



The state House has crafted its own compromise in the battle between hospitals for limited health care dollars, with the House Health Care Regulation Policy Committee signing off on the compromise Wednesday.

The House scrapped plans to eliminate the Medicaid Low-Income Pool Council -- often called the LIP Council -- which recommends how the state should distributed the Medicaid funds.

Instead, the compromise by Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, would make the following changes:

--Like the Senate proposal, lobbyists would be banned from sitting on the council unless the lobbyist is a full-time employee of a public entity.

--The Agency for Health Care Administration would select a non-voting council chair person

--six new members would be added to the council: two would be appointed by the House Speaker, two would be appointed by the Senate President, one would be a representative from the Department of Health and one would be a representative from a federally qualified health center.

A separate Senate compromise cleared its final committee last week and is ready for a vote on the Senate floor.

Read more about that proposal here.

Breanne Gilpatrick, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:33pm]


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