Health care bill goes to governorBy Times staff writer
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published May 4, 2002
The Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Jeb Bush Friday that helps some low-income people get health insurance while raising premiums as much as 50 percent for nearly 100,000 self-employed Floridians.
The controversial bill, parts of which were never discussed in committee, also allows doctors to refer eye patients to an ophthalmologist without seeing an optometrist first and prevents doctors from sending dialysis patients to labs in which they have an ownership interest.
House leaders, who closed the bill to amendments, said passing the bill as is was part of a deal to get the Senate to pass a separate corporate tax break. Senate President John McKay -- whose wife, Michelle, lobbied for part of the bill -- denied that.
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