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Front Page » FYI Miami » FYI Miami: January 09, 2014

FYI Miami: January 09, 2014


Written by on January 8, 2014

HOW MUCH DO WE GET?: How much revenue Miami-Dade County has received from pari-mutuels from their slot machines since they were legalized in the county and what obligations the pari-mutuels have to the county would be the subject of a report sought by Commissioner Bruno Barreiro. He’s asking the county’s Economic Development & Port Miami Committee on Monday to vote to direct Mayor Carlos Gimenez to report to the committee within 60 days on the revenues generated for the county from the slot machines, how those funds have been used and what resolutions the commission has made regarding those funds. The request has been before the committee before. In November the committee lacked a quorum to act. In December, committee Chairman Esteban Bovo, who is employed by pari-mutuel Hialeah Park, abstained from a vote, leaving the committee without a quorum once again.

HEALTH CONTRACT ROADBLOCK: A judge has called for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to rescind a decision to award a contract to a health plan that would serve Miami-Dade and Monroe counties’ patients under a new statewide Medicaid managed-care system. Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham said in a 69-page recommendation that Prestige Health Choice LLC did not meet requirements to be considered a “provider service network,’’ a type of managed-care plan. The state agency last year awarded contracts in 11 regions, as the state prepares to require almost all Medicaid beneficiaries to enter managed-care plans. Prestige Health Choice, which is partially owned by an offshoot of Florida Blue, was the only provider-service network chosen in Miami-Dade and Monroe. But Judge Van Laningham found that it did not qualify because affiliated health-care providers owned less than 50% of it.

COUNTY SECRET SHOPPERS: A resolution before a Miami-Dade County committee asks that Mayor Carlos Gimenez create a secret shopper program to monitor direct county services to the public. Noting that many large corporations use shoppers who play the role of a consumer and who then provide feedback about how to improve services, Commissioner Juan Zapata is asking that the mayor create such a plan and bring it back to commissioners within 90 days for review. The commission’s Economic Development and Port Miami Committee is to review the resolution on Monday.