Florida Stormwater Association's Winter Conference

Florida Stormwater Association's Winter Conference will be held this year December 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency, 211 North Tampa Street, Tampa, Florida. The Conference is expected to provide something for everyone with sessions including a preview of the 2013 Legislative Session, the bi-annual "DEP Day" and workshops on topics such as Numeric Nutrient Criteria and other water quality policies.

DEP to Hold Water Resource Implementation Rule Workshops

Florida's Department of Environmental Protection is holding rule development workshops November 14-16 to discuss proposed changes to its Water Resource Implementation Rule (Chapter 62-40, Florida Administrative Code). The agency is considering criteria for reuse offsets and credits, reclaimed water policy recommendations and Consumptive Use Permitting ("CUP") consistency recommendations.

State Proposes Monthly Fee for Medically Needy Program

As part of the transition to Medicaid managed care, AHCA is in the process of requesting a new waiver from the federal government to charge Medically Needy patients a monthly fee for services. Currently, the Medically Needy program provides short-term coverage for individuals who have high health care costs, but do not otherwise qualify for Medicaid because of their income levels.

Water standards draw another legal challenge

In the latest move in years of legal battling, environmental groups have challenged a Florida Department of Environmental Protection's plan for carrying out controversial water-quality standards. The Florida Wildlife Federation, the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida, St. Johns Riverkeeper Inc., and the Sierra Club filed a case last week in the state Division of Administrative Hearings, contending that DEP did not properly go through a formal rule-making process.

Medicaid Workgroup

The Medicaid Workgroup held a conference call on Tuesday, October 30, in which Workgroup members were updated on progress that has been made since the Workgroup's previous meeting at the Policy Conference in September.