Scott: Solantic Won't Do Business With State

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, Florida - April 5, 2011-

Gov. Rick Scott said on April 4 that his wife’s health clinic company, Solantic, won’t contract for state business, addressing a conflict of interest issue that had arisen over Medicaid privatization and drug testing. Scott previously was the owner of Solantic, but recently transferred the company to his wife.

Scott said during a public appearance at an international economic forum on Monday in West Palm Beach that Solantic won’t accept business from the state. "That company will not be doing business with the state, and I've told everybody all along, hold me accountable for that,” Scott told the Palm Beach Post. The urgent care clinic chain received more than $110,000 last year and $20,000 this year as part of a contract with the state’s workers compensation benefits management company. Democrats had raised the question of whether Solantic might benefit from the Medicaid privatization measure the Legislature is poised to pass. Solantic doesn't accept traditional pay-for-service Medicaid payments, but Democrats have raised the question of whether it could take part in the private managed care system that would be created by the new law. Also in question is whether Solantic would be able to do drug testing of state assistance recipients – which may be required by a bill currently before lawmakers – or of state workers, which was required by Scott in an executive order. Solantic does do drug testing. Solantic CEO Karen Bowling told the Palm Beach Post that company does not currently have a contract to perform employee drug screening.

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  • by Trick Scott Location: Taking the fifth on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:48 PM
    Solantic is too busy stealing money from the Federal government to be bothered with stealing money from the State.
  • by Rudy Location: Tallahassee on Apr 6, 2011 at 06:47 AM
    Ah, the old transfer your business to your wife routine, right out of the book David Harvey wrote!
  • by Tallahassee on Apr 5, 2011 at 03:29 PM
    To do this correctly, only FDLE or another government certified lab should be allowed to process these samples.
  • by Tony Location: Jacksonville on Apr 5, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    It is still a conflict. He drives legislation and regulation that oversees Solantic ... like the pill factory directory. The guy is either incredibly thick or less than honest. Either way, anyone who voted for him should be ashamed.
  • by Sherry Location: Tallahassee on Apr 5, 2011 at 12:55 PM
    Look at >Look up a business name> inquire by name> type in Solantic > search > Solantic Corporation > go down until you see Officer/Director Detail >Richard L. Scott Title Director. And his wife is the owner?????
  • by disgusted on Apr 5, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    If complaints and objections had NOT been voiced and made public it would have been possible for undisclosed and 'under the table' contracts to exist. There will be more times that Mr. Scott will tell news reporters he will not talk about certain topics and will not discuss certain questions. The most valuable tool that gives any politician power is secrecy - take that away and and the power is diminished.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    Look it up in he is the Director of the business.
  • by UsingHisWife Location: Capital City on Apr 5, 2011 at 10:43 AM
    His wife's health care company!? Give us a break! Is this a ruse to fool us into thinking there is not conflict of interest? Also, a poster, Mary, who I assume is a state worker, said that she paid five invoices to Solantic this week. The media needs to check that one out for sure.
  • by Mary Location: Tally on Apr 5, 2011 at 10:39 AM
    Address 8711 PERIMETER PARK BLVD. JACKSONVILLE FL 32216 County 16 To Anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 at 10:06 AM Status Code DMS REGISTERED Minority Code A Business Designation 3 Pre-employment exams
  • by karyn Location: Florida on Apr 5, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    When the state government starts taking money out of the pockets of state workers they also hurt small businesses. Rick Scott doesn't shop at my store. Teachers and other state employees do. If would be nice to have a governor who believes in government by, of and FOR the people, not the corporations. Florida needs to put a recall option in place asap.
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      by @Karyn on Apr 5, 2011 at 02:10 PM in reply to karyn
      What store is that? Many of us have stopped shopping locally and gone to mostly online because of the attitudes of business owners in Tallahassee that complain about state employees. You appear to be the one of the few with common sense so I would not mind supporting your business.
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      by corrine on Apr 5, 2011 at 04:20 PM in reply to karyn
      Yea, where in the hell is that recall list anyway?
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