Politics
2:10 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

FL House Adjourns 3 Days Early Over Budget Impasse

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 2:53 pm

The Florida House adjourned its annual session three days early because of  a budget impasse with the Senate over Medicaid expansion.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said Tuesday afternoon that his members had done all they could and felt it was best to return later with a clean slate.

The House has been adamantly opposed to expanding Medicaid to more than 800,000 Floridians, even though the Senate has proposed a plan that would allow the state to eventually privatize Medicaid and require recipients to work or attend school.

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Law & Order
11:38 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Record Number Of Amicus Briefs Filed In Same-Sex-Marriage Cases

The stack of amicus briefs filed as of April 9 reached past the knee of NPR legal affairs intern Anthony Palmer. The briefs cost, on average, an estimated $25,000 to $50,000.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 9:25 am

This week's same-sex-marriage cases at the Supreme Court brought in a record number of friend-of-the-court briefs — 148 of them, according to the court, beating the previous record of 136 in the 2013 Obamacare case.

These briefs, known formally by their Latin name, amicus briefs, are filed by groups, individuals, and governments that have an interest in the outcome.

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Health News Florida
11:38 am
Tue April 28, 2015

How Getting Married Affects Health Insurance Tax Credits

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 9:59 am

If you're about to tie the knot, do you know how a change in marital status could affect the credit you got toward health insurance when you were single? You could end up having to repay a big chunk of the money. Here's the question and an answer that lays out the way the IRS handles the situation.

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Politics
10:18 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Politifact Florida on House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Medicaid Expansion

The Florida House and Senate have been going back and forth over whether or not the state should accept billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid in the state.  The Senate wants take the money and steer it into private plans.  The House want no part of it.  In fact, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli suggests that the public is against the idea.

Crisafulli said, "Medicaid expansion isn’t necessarily a very popular issue on the street."

We spoke with Josh Gillin of Politifact for the ruling.
 

 
 

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Health News Florida
9:17 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Guardianship Bills Racing The Clock

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 8:43 am

As lawmakers enter the final days of the regular legislative session, they have not resolved proposals aimed at shielding older Floridians from predatory private guardians who take control of the seniors' assets.

 

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Health News Florida
9:17 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Gardiner: Send Full FHIX Plan to Feds

Senate President Andy Gardiner

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 3:00 pm

Florida Medicaid’s request that federal officials send the state $2.2 billion dollars to keep the Low Income Pool subsidies flowing to hospitals won’t work because a vital part is missing, Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner says.

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News
9:16 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Budget Deadline Nears, Stalemate Continues

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 9:01 am

The Florida Legislature will end its annual session Friday, but legislators still have not reached a deal on a new budget. That's because the Republican-controlled House and Senate are at odds about health care, including whether to accept federal money linked to President Barack Obama's health overhaul.

Here's a look at what's going on and what may happen next:

  What caused the stalemate?

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News
9:15 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Florida House Passes Fracking Regulation Bill

Fracking at Marcellus Shale

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 9:14 am

The Florida House passed a bill Monday to study and regulate fracking, as well as prevent local governments from banning the oil and gas drilling practice.

Democrats strongly opposed the bill, saying hydraulic fracturing would put the water supply at risk and the practice should instead be banned. But Republicans said fracking isn't regulated right now and the bill would ensure that it's done safely.

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Health News Florida
2:39 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Drop-In Chefs Help Seniors Stay In Their Own Homes

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 11:29 am

A healthy diet is good for everyone. But as people get older, cooking nutritious food can become difficult and sometimes physically impossible. A pot of soup can be too heavy to lift. And there's all that time standing on your feet. It's one of the reasons that people move into assisted living facilities.

But a company called Chefs for Seniors has an alternative: They send professional cooks into seniors' homes. In a couple of hours they can whip up meals for the week.

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Health News Florida
9:38 am
Mon April 27, 2015

FL Legislature Adds Protections For Pregnant Women

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 9:39 am

Florida is making it clear that anti-discrimination laws extend to pregnant women.

The Florida Legislature on Friday passed a bill that would add pregnant women to the state's existing civil rights law. The measure passed the Florida House by a 115-2 vote. The Senate passed the bill unanimously.

If Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill (SB 982) into law, hotels and restaurants could not discriminate against pregnant women. Employers also could not refuse to hire a woman because she is pregnant.

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Health News Florida
9:33 am
Mon April 27, 2015

FL Could Isolate Infected People

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 9:34 am

Florida's top health official could soon have expanded powers to isolate people suspected of being infected with severe diseases.

The Florida Legislature on Thursday sent to Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would bolster the power of the State Surgeon General to place people suspected or likely having a disease into isolation and quarantine. The measure was unanimously passed by both the House and Senate.

The legislation also would allow state health officials to use police to enforce an order.

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Health News Florida
9:06 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Special Enrollment Deadline Looms

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 9:05 am

People in Florida and the three dozen other states that use the online federal insurance marketplace at HealthCare.gov have a little time left to shop for health insurance.

This special enrollment period for insurance plans under the federal health law runs through Thursday, April 30.

It’s for people who didn't know -- or understand -- that they could face a tax penalty for not having health coverage, according to federal officials.

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News
2:56 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

'Growlers' Going to the Governor

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Half-gallon "growlers" are closer to going under brewery taps across Florida.

The House on Friday joined the Senate in supporting the end of the state's prohibition on brewers being able to fill 64-ounce containers known as "growlers" for off-site consumption. Currently, brewers can only fill containers of other sizes.

"Let's all just push the button and free the growler here in the state of Florida," Majority Leader Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, said before the House voted unanimously to approve the bill.

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Politics
2:40 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Abortion Waiting Period Bill Heads To Governor

Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami) speaking on the floor Friday about her bill.

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:18 pm

A controversial abortion bill is now headed to the Governor, after receiving final passage from the Florida Senate Friday.

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News
2:39 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Jury Convicts Final Three Defendants In FAMU Hazing Case

Robert Champion died in Nov. 2011 after he was beaten in a hazing ritual aboard a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel.

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 8:53 pm

An Orlando jury has handed down hazing and manslaughter convictions to the final three defendants in the death of a Florida A&M University marching band drum major. The verdict brings a three and a half year old legal saga to a close.

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