Health News Florida
11:16 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Written Consent No Longer Needed For HIV Test

A new law in effect July 1 makes it easier to get an HIV test in health care settings.

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 10:37 am

A new Florida law kicking in today makes getting an HIV test easier. Doctors no longer need written consent to give patients an HIV test in health care settings, like doctor’s offices and hospitals.

The law could have a big impact in Florida, which has more new HIV infections than anywhere else in the country.

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Health News Florida
11:15 am
Wed July 1, 2015

‘Right to Try’ May Be Hard to Implement

The Goldwater Institute has created a website to convince drug companies and the Food and Drug Administration to cooperate with states that have Right to Try laws.
RighttoTry.org

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 9:09 am

While the “Right to Try Act,” which aims to give dying patients the right to try unapproved experimental drugs, is law in Florida as of today, its implementation isn't so clear.

In theory, the Right to Try law allows terminally ill patients access to drugs that have passed first-phase clinical trials and are going through later-stage trials as part of a new drug application to the Food and Drug Administration.

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Health News Florida
11:08 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Vaccine Access Expands At Pharmacies

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 8:54 am

Floridians will be able to receive more vaccines at their local pharmacies under a law that takes effect Wednesday.

Pharmacists are already able to administer vaccines that fight some viruses, like influenza and shingles, but the new measure (HB 279) would add several others, including shots targeted at measles, mumps and rubella; tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (or whooping cough); and human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease that can cause cancer.

The new law will also allow pharmacy interns to be certified to give vaccines.

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Politics
10:59 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Could Supreme Court Decision Lead To Death Of The Gerrymander?

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld voter-created independent redistricting commissions, preserving such groups in Arizona and California.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 5:17 pm

The Supreme Court's decision on Monday to uphold the constitutionality of Arizona's independent redistricting commission has some hoping their model could now pave the way for other states to adopt a less partisan way of drawing congressional lines.

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Health News Florida
10:59 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Lethal Injection Ruling Draws Out Justices' Passionate Opinions

In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that under the majority's reasoning it would not matter if the prisoner was being "drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to death, or actually burned at the stake," as long as there was no more humane method of execution available. Justice Antonin Scalia orally rebutted Justice Stephen Breyer's dissent, calling it "gobbledygook."
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 7:02 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a major blow to death penalty opponents, upholding the use of a controversial drug as part of a three-drug execution cocktail. The vote was 5-4, with unusually passionate and sometimes bitter opinions from the majority and dissenting justices.

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It's All Politics
10:24 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Jeb Bush's Wealth Skyrocketed After He Left Governor's Office

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush waits backstage as he is introduced before speaking at the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 8:13 am

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax returns on Tuesday, showing that his personal wealth has skyrocketed since he left the Florida governor's office in 2007.

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The Two-Way
9:24 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

U.S. And Cuba Will Formally Re-Establish Diplomatic Relations

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 8:40 pm

A White House administration official confirms that the United States and Cuba have come to an agreement to formally re-establish diplomatic relations and open embassies in Havana and Washington.

The Obama administration will announce the agreement on Wednesday.

As NPR's Krishnadev Calamur has explained, the U.S. imposed sanctions and then broke off diplomatic relations with Fidel Castro's communist regime in the early 1960s.

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Politics
8:10 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

PolitiFact Florida: Mostly False, Mostly True Claims In Bush Meme

Credit politifact.com

As the pool of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination grows, so do the claims about the candidates.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is featured in an infographic -- or meme -- making the rounds on social media titled “Five Things You Need To Know About Jeb Bush.”

The political group Ultraviolet, which advocates for women's rights, is behind this one.

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Health News Florida
3:18 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Judge Blocks Abortion Waiting Period Law

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 11:07 am

A Florida judge is blocking a new state law that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.

Tallahassee Chief Circuit Judge Charles Francis on Tuesday blocked the law today, a day before it was scheduled to take effect.

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Health News Florida
9:04 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Insurance Regulators To Cap HIV Drug Costs

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:10 am

Florida insurance regulators will start reviewing health plans for discriminatory practices after three insurers were accused of charging higher prices for HIV drugs.

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News
9:03 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Florida Asks to Resume Executions

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:15 am

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking the state Supreme Court to allow officials to execute a man convicted of murdering four people in Orlando.

Bondi asked the court Monday to lift the stay on the execution of Jerry Correll now that the U.S Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a sedative that is used in lethal injections in Florida.

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News
4:37 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Gay Rights Advocates Say Challenges Remain

Daylina Miller/WUSF News

When Port Richey resident Dawn Cain and her girlfriend, Randi Jackson, first heard the news of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last Friday that legalized gay marriage nationally, they cried.

While they had already planned to get married next May- Florida legalized gay marriage Jan. 6- the couple said they’re exhilarated their friends and family in other states now have the same right.

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Education
12:53 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Tampa Bay Program Helps Fifth Graders Make Sense of Their Financial Futures

Enterprise Avenue contains the banking, shopping and dining destinations for students visiting Enterprise Village.
Credit M.S. Butler

The first time some students learn about finances is during a high school economics class. Others learn by trial and error, but one program in the Tampa Bay area already has a  history of helping  students get an early start on making sense of their finances.

Here in central Pinellas County, just like any community in America, it’s early morning and everyone is beginning to show up for work.

Buses are unloading and students are heading  to  businesses like Verizon, Duke Energy and CVS Pharmacy which are getting ready to open.

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Health News Florida
11:55 am
Mon June 29, 2015

MAP: Lethal Injection By Far The Most Popular Execution Method In U.S.

Lethal injection map
Chris Groskopf/NPR

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:46 pm

States may continue using a popular but controversial drug in lethal injection executions, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-4 decision.

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Health News Florida
11:54 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court's Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Expected To Boost Health Coverage

The crowd reacts as the ruling on same-sex marriage was announced outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Friday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 11:16 am

The right to marry in any state won't be the only gain for gay couples from last week's Supreme Court ruling. The decision will likely boost health insurance among gay couples as same-sex spouses get access to employer plans.

The logic is simple. Fewer than half of employers that offer health benefits make the insurance available to same-sex partners who aren't married. Virtually all of them offer coverage to spouses.

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