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Lawmakers: Jackson Health System may get $50M, but no blank check

Miami Herald, April 21, 2010

Miami-based Jackson Health System could get a $50 million boost from the state of Florida, but top lawmakers warn that the money would come with strings attached. "We don't want to give Jackson a blank check," said Sen. Mike Bennett. "They really need to change the way they do business." Bennett, an at-large member of the House-Senate health budget conference committee, said the hospital's "governance structure" needs to change. The hospital is run by the Public Health Trust, a 15-member board and budget that are controlled by the Miami-Dade County Commission.