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Florida Delegation Urges Equitable Distribution of CARES Act Hospital Funding

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act appropriated $100 billion for the PHSSE, of which $30 billion has been distributed to providers based on the Medicare Fee for Service (FFS) payments.

Florida Democrats Want HHS, CMS to Quickly Send Funds to Help Hospitals Deal With...

Democrats in the Florida delegation in the U.S. House are calling on the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to quickly send funds to hospitals across the Sunshine State as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Rick Scott: Medical License Verification Act Will Cut Down on Healthcare Fraud

Scott’s office insisted the bill will help “prevent fraud in the healthcare system by requiring the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to verify that an applicant’s medical license is valid and in good standing prior to issuing them a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number, which is required by healthcare providers to bill for insurance.”

News From Around Florida

Florida overwhelmingly leads the nation in Obamacare enrollments, school officials back Ron DeSantis’ call for higher teacher salaries, and naturalized citizens could determine the 2020 elections in Florida.

Marco Rubio Wants Answers on HHS Funded Genetic Testing Connected to China, Russia

Earlier this year, Rubio and Grassley urged the HHS Acting Inspector General to examine potential payments made to U.S. entities with partnerships to genomics companies affiliated with the Chinese government, including WuXi and BGI.
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Florida Representatives Want Full Post-Mastectomy Medicare, Medicaid Coverage for Breast Cancer Patients

Currently, Medicare pays for breast reconstruction based on the requirement of the WHCRA, however, it is not legally required to follow the WHCRA.
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Marco Rubio: CMS Needs to Expand Access to Care and Resources for Families with...

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined senators from both sides of the aisle last week to urge the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to conduct an outreach campaign to educate clinicians, Medicare beneficiaries with cognitive impairment, and their families on the assessment and care planning services currently available to them.

Marco Rubio, Chuck Grassley Call on HHS IG to Examine Payments to Chinese-Linked Companies

This week, Rubio and Grassley wrote U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Inspector General (IG) Joanne M. Chiedi requesting oversight on potential payments made to U.S. entities with partnerships to genomics companies affiliated with the Chinese government, including WuXi and BGI.

Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Go to Bat for Medicare Advantage in Puerto Rico

Florida’s two senators on Capitol Hill are calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) “to take additional actions to address payment disparities in Puerto Rico’s Medicare Advantage (MA) program.”
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Marco Rubio, Strong Majority of Senate Call on CMS to Protect Medicare Advantage

Rubio and the senators went to bat for Medicaid Advantage, noting in 2018 it provided care to more than 21 million seniors and disabled Americans, including almost 1.8 million residents of the Sunshine State. 

Florida’s Senators Want Answers from HHS on Maternal Mortality

The senators asked six questions which they requested answered by November 1. 

Marco Rubio Gets Money to Fight Toxic Algae, Help School Safety in Minibus

From his seat on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was able to amend the  FY19 Minibus appropriations package. CLICK ON THE HEADLINE FOR MORE
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