Doctors' group seeks changes in Medicaid overhaul

The Florida Medical Association has sent a letter asking federal health officials to correct "shortfalls" in the Medicaid overhaul before expanding statewide.

The organization, which represents about 20,000 doctors, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Friday. The organization said it had worked with lawmakers while the bills were drafted, but "respectfully disagrees that a statewide mandatory managed care program is the best way to reduce costs while providing access to quality care for Medicaid patients."

The Republican-led Legislature passed a Medicaid overhaul this year placing the care of nearly 3 million patients into the hands of for-profit insurers in hopes of reining in the growing budget.

Patients in a pilot program have complained of poor access to drugs and medications.

MIAMI

Marine from Florida dies in Afghanistan

A Marine from the Panhandle has been killed in Afghanistan.

Lance Cpl. Travis M. Nelson, 19, of Pace died Thursday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, the Defense Department reported.

He was assigned to the II Marine Expeditionary Force.

LEHIGH ACRES

Driver, kids may have been hit by cross fire

A woman and her two young children were nearly shot after bullets struck the car they were riding in, police in southwest Florida said.

The driver and her children, ages 3 and 6, appear to have been caught in cross fire and were not the intended target, the Lee County Sheriff's Office said.

The incident happened Thursday about 5:40 p.m. As the woman was driving, two vehicles sped around her. Gunshots rang out and fired through the passenger compartment of the vehicle. No one was hurt.

The woman left the roadway and police were called.

ORLANDO

Car in Anthony trial crushed for scrap

The white Pontiac Sunfire that prosecutors used as evidence in the case against Casey Anthony has been destroyed.

George Anthony brought his daughter's car to a junkyard and turned the title over on Thursday, WOFL in Orlando reported. The vehicle was crushed for scrap metal.

Prosecutors claimed there was evidence of human decomposition found in the trunk of the car.

Casey Anthony was acquitted last month of a murder charge in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Associated Press

Doctors' group seeks changes in Medicaid overhaul 08/19/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 19, 2011 11:45pm]

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