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.