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The Foundation of Associated Industries of Florida (FAIF) will once again host some of the most influential leaders and stakeholders in the future of Florida’s health care system at the 2014 Florida Health Care Affordability Summit, which will take place at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando on January 29-31, 2014. Stemming from its success last year, the Summit will again serve as an open forum to continue the conversation on possible solutions to make Florida healthier based on the guiding principle that quality health care should be affordable and accessible to all. 

Moderating the selected panels throughout the course of the Summit, will be some of the most instrumental members of the Florida Legislature in the creation of health care reform proposals for the 2014 Legislative Session, including: 

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A three-judge appeals panel Wednesday put the brakes on a challenge to a 2012 state law aimed at reducing fraud in the personal-injury protection auto insurance system.

The 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee ruled that an acupuncturist, a chiropractor, two massage therapists, a hypothetical “John Doe” representing health-care providers and a hypothetical “Jane Doe” representing motorists lacked standing to bring the case to court.

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Appeals Court Stops Action in PIP Case

October 23, 2013 / Lakeland Ledger

A three-judge appeals panel Wednesday put the brakes on a challenge to a 2012 state law aimed at reducing fraud in the personal-injury protection auto insurance system.

The 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee ruled that an acupuncturist, a chiropractor, two massage therapists, a hypothetical "John Doe" representing health-care providers and a hypothetical "Jane Doe" representing motorists lacked standing to bring the case to court.

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Appeals Court Stops Action in PIP Case

October 23, 2013 / Winter Haven News Chief

A three-judge appeals panel Wednesday put the brakes on a challenge to a 2012 state law aimed at reducing fraud in the personal-injury protection auto insurance system.

The 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee ruled that an acupuncturist, a chiropractor, two massage therapists, a hypothetical "John Doe" representing health-care providers and a hypothetical "Jane Doe" representing motorists lacked standing to bring the case to court.

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A Florida district court has overturned an earlier ruling that found a 104-week limit on an injured worker’s temporary benefits unconstitutional. The court ruled instead that the limit represents a legal deadline to determine an injured worker’s eligibility for permanent benefits.

The Florida First District Court of Appeals handed down the decision in the case of [Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg, No. 1D12-3563], which is now likely to be decided by the state Supreme Court.

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Appeals court tosses challenge to PIP reform

October 23, 2013 / Tampa Tribune

A three-judge appeals panel today put the brakes on a challenge to a 2012 state law aimed at reducing fraud in the personal-injury protection auto insurance system.

The 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee ruled that an acupuncturist, a chiropractor, two massage therapists, a hypothetical “John Doe” representing health-care providers and a hypothetical “Jane Doe” representing motorists lacked standing to bring the case to court.

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Pasco County's Community Development Division was among several programs across the state that received 2013 State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program Awards for its efforts to provide affordable housing.

"The 2013 SHIP Awards highlight the importance of SHIP for meeting the needs of Florida's hard working families and most vulnerable citizens throughout the state, and to recognize the substantial success that local housing programs are able to have when adequately funded," said Jaimie Ross, president of the Florida Housing Coalition and facilitator for the Sadowski Housing Coalition, a nonpartisan collection of 25 statewide organizations. "We are honoring the people who administer and implement the local housing trust funds and the partnerships created when SHIP dollars are used to provide housing assistance at the local level across the state."

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LOBBYING THE MEDIA PIVOTAL TO LEGISLATIVE ISSUES

September 5, 2013 / News Service of Florida

The link between lobbyists and PR has boomed over the past five years, and it isn't going to subside, said Sarah Bascom, president of Bascom Communications & Consulting.

"Adding a PR firm to the budget or the team used to be a luxury. Now it's becoming more and more of a necessity and an expected expenditure," she said.

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Effective and accountable government

July 30, 2013 / Miami Herald

As Gov. Rick Scott continues his in-depth review of special districts across the state, the Florida Association of Special Districts looks forward to continuing an open dialogue and providing any information regarding the transparent and efficient operation of its member districts and the unparalleled services they provide to their communities and the residents of this state.

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As Gov. Rick Scott continues his in-depth review of special districts across the state, the Florida Association of Special Districts looks forward to continuing an open dialogue and providing information regarding the transparent and highly-efficient operation of its member districts and the unparalleled services they provide to their communities and residents (Herald, "Scott surprised by special taxing districts," July 15).

Gov. Scott seeks to do right by Floridians and taxpayers with this endeavor, and we hope that all interested parties are reassured of the true and unique need for special-purpose government as this investigative process continues.

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