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Kathleen McGrory, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Kathleen McGrory

Kathleen McGrory is a state government reporter in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She has been with the Miami Herald since 2006. Her previous beats include breaking news, the Miami-Dade school district and Miami City Hall. She holds degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Phone: (850) 222-3095

Email: kmcgrory@miamiherald.com

Twitter: @kmcgrory

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  1. Faith-based leaders united Republicans, Democrats to reduce Florida youth arrests

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — James Myles is more comfortable mentoring troubled teenagers in St. Petersburg than glad-handing lawmakers in the Florida Capitol.

    Yet that's where he found himself earlier this year.

    Myles, an elder at Bethel Community Baptist Church and director of its truancy intervention program, was part of a loose-knit coalition of activists, faith-based leaders and service providers who traveled to Tallahassee to change the way Florida law treats juvenile offenders. They were pushing for an expansion of civil citations, an alternative to arrest....

    James Myles of St. Petersburg directs Bethel Community Baptist Church’s truancy intervention program.
  2. Rick Scott floats health care ideas to HHS

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott floated a few broad ideas for expanding health care coverage in a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Tuesday.

    The letter, first reported by Politico, asked several questions intended to guide the governor's new Commission on Hospital and Healthcare Funding. Among them: Would the federal government be willing to give Florida a block grant to expand coverage? ...

  3. Nine named to health care panel

    State Roundup

    A southwest Florida home builder who has been a steady contributor to Rick Scott's two gubernatorial campaigns will chair the governor's new Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding.

    Carlos Beruff of Parrish has written checks totaling $121,000 to Scott and to the Republican Party of Florida.

    Campaign finance records show Beruff donated $75,000 to Let's Get to Work, the governor's political committee and $3,000 to Scott's 2014 re-election campaign. Beruff is president of Medallion Homes, which gave $40,000 to the state GOP last year and an additional $3,000 to Scott's campaign. ...

  4. What do legislative leaders think about Scott's profit sharing idea?

    Blog

    How do state lawmakers feel about Republican Gov. Rick Scott's recent suggestion that hospitals pool their profits to cover charity care?

    Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman René García, R-Hialeah, called the idea "worth exploring."...

  5. Gov. Rick Scott appoints nine to hospital funding panel

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott on Monday named nine people to his newly created Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding.

    None of the members are hospital executives. Only one is a medical doctor.

    Missing from the list: Sens. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, and Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood. 

    Both volunteered to to serve.

    Scott also announced that Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Liz Dudek and Surgeon General John Armstrong will serve as co-executive directors of the commission. The group's first meeting will take place in Tallahassee on May 20. ...

  6. Florida Gov. Rick Scott asks hospitals to consider profit sharing

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott is pitching a new idea to help Florida hospitals handle the potential loss of federal funds for treating indigent patients: profit sharing.

    "This would be similar to how large-market baseball teams share revenues with small-market baseball teams," the Republican governor wrote in a letter sent Friday to hospital executives. "With the hospital industry's record-high profits, it does not make sense for the hospital industry to ask state taxpayers to back fill funding the Obama Administration has elected to terminate."...

    Gov. Rick Scott unveiled an ambitious environmental plan that promises to spend $5 billion over the next 20 years. [Getty Images]
  7. Scott pitches profit sharing to hospital executives

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott is pitching a new idea to help Florida hospitals handle the potential loss of federal funds: profit sharing.

    "This would be similar to how large market baseball teams share revenues with small market baseball teams," the Republican governor wrote in a Friday letter to hospital executives. "With the hospital industry's record-high profits, it does not make sense for the hospital industry to ask state taxpayers to back fill funding the Obama Administration has elected to terminate."...

  8. Read the amicus brief from Texas and Kansas

    Blog

    For those of you following Republican Gov. Rick Scott's lawsuit against the Obama Administration, here's a copy of the amicus brief filed by Texas and Kansas.

    The two states announced their plans to join the suit earlier this week....

  9. Scott wants injunction in case against the feds

    Blog

    ScottGov. Rick Scott took another jab at the Obama Administration Thursday, asking the court to take immediate action in his lawsuit against federal healthcare officials....

  10. Gov. Rick Scott officially convenes commission on hospital spending

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Wednesday could be an awkward day for Gov. Rick Scott, who is scheduled to meet with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to talk about renewing a $2.2 billion hospital funding program for Florida.

    After all, he's suing her.

    Burwell is named as the defendant in Scott's suit alleging that the Obama Administration is trying to coerce Florida into expanding Medicaid by ending the so-called Low Income Pool (LIP). The agency has not commented directly on the suit, but says Medicaid expansion is and has always been a "state decision."...

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses a joint session of the Florida Legislature, on March 3 during his State of the State address. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  11. Texas, Kansas join Florida lawsuit against Obama administration

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Kansas and Texas are joining in Gov. Rick Scott's lawsuit against the Obama administration, Scott's office said Monday.

    The legal challenge claims that federal health officials are trying to coerce Florida into expanding subsidized health care insurance by threatening to end the so-called Low Income Pool, a $2.2 billion federal-state program that reimburses hospitals for uncompensated care....

  12. Gov. Rick Scott's lawsuit against Obama finds support from Texas, Kansas

    Blog

    ScottKansas and Texas are joining in Gov. Rick Scott's lawsuit against the federal government over health care funding, Scott's office announced Monday....

  13. Legislative stalemate puts Florida school districts in a budgeting bind

    K12

    The early end to this year's legislative session, without an approved budget, has put Florida school district leaders on edge.

    Even in normal circumstances, school boards often struggle to craft spending plans largely dictated by state funding formulas. This year, they face the task without any hard numbers as a starting point.

    "It's exceedingly difficult," Pinellas school superintendent Mike Grego said. "We're not a for-profit company with excess reserves" to rely upon....

    Pinellas super?in?ten?dent Mike Grego said creating a budget at this time is “exceedingly difficult.”
  14. Timeline: How Florida's Medicaid expansion fight paralyzed lawmakers

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Medicaid expansion in Florida has been a contentious issue since 2013 when the Obama administration, through the Affordable Care Act, encouraged states to allow more people with low incomes to qualify for the health insurance program.

    The Florida Legislature, led by House Republicans, rejected it in 2013 and again in 2014.

    But the issue came back to life in the months leading up to this year's 60-day regular session, dividing the Republican-dominated Legislature and creating a historic crisis that has kept lawmakers from passing a budget. A special session now awaits....

  15. Without bills to vote on, state lawmakers attend public hearing on hospital funding

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — As lawmakers continued to quarrel over the abrupt end of the legislative session, state health care officials on Friday held the last of three public hearings on the hospital funding program at the center of the stalemate.

    The public hearings are required before the federal government can approve or deny Florida's petition to extend the so-called Low Income Pool program. The LIP program uses $2.2 billion in federal and state money to reimburse hospitals such as Tampa General, which treat large numbers of uninsured and Medicaid patients....