Friday, May 25, 2018
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Florida hospital execs urge state to expand Medicaid

Tallahassee

Hospitals urge state Medicaid expansion

Florida hospital executives warned they will be hit doubly hard if the state does not expand Medicaid under the federal health overhaul. They say that's because hospitals will lose federal funding they've relied on to care for uninsured patients. Executives told lawmakers Monday they spent more than $2.8 billion caring for uninsured patients in 2011. The Affordable Care Act will end some funding streams to hospitals that cover large numbers of uninsured patients because the law assumes those patients will have insurance. If lawmakers do expand Medicaid, Washington would pay 100 percent of the costs the first three years and 90 percent after. Hospital execs said the state could receive $26 billion from the federal government over the next decade.

OCALA

Baby recovering from bleach in formula

The man who mixed bleach into his infant daughter's formula on Sunday morning said he was only trying to help her breathe easier with a home remedy he heard about from a friend, the Ocala Star-Banner reported Monday. Carron Washington, 20, told reporters Monday: "It's probably the dumbest decision I've made in my life." He said his daughter, Cadlynn, suffered from breathing problems since birth on Dec. 14. Washington said he added less than a capful of bleach to about 2 ounces of formula. The baby was in stable condition at Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Monday, said Ocala police Lt. Billy Woods.

Tallahassee

$2 million a year bid for soccer considered

Florida lawmakers are considering whether to pay $2 million a year in order to lure Major League Soccer to the state. A state Senate panel on Tuesday approved a measure (SB 358) that would guarantee $2 million a year for the next 30 years to help pay for a soccer stadium. Orlando has been mentioned as a possible candidate for a new MLS franchise. The bill sponsored by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, would permit a state subsidy for two MLS teams.

WINTER HAVEN

Deputy gets 20 years for child sex videos

A former Central Florida detention deputy has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for filming herself spanking two unclothed, teenage girls with a leather sex paddle and sending the footage to her online boyfriend in Australia. As part of a deal with Polk County prosecutors, 47-year-old Robin Leigh Pagoria pleaded no contest Monday to two counts of aggravated child abuse, two counts of lewd or lascivious battery and two counts of using a child in a sexual performance. Authorities say Pagoria made the recordings with her cellphone and sent them to Christopher Lobban. Pagoria has agreed to testify against Lobban, and authorities are trying to extradite him.

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