Health News Florida
10:57 am
Wed May 6, 2015

$5M Awarded To 10 FL Health Centers

Federal health officials have issued more than $5 million in grants to 10 health centers across Florida to serve patients who are newly insured under the Affordable Care Act. Gerry Skinner works for Tampa Family Health Center, which is getting $510,583.
Lottie Watts WUSF

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 9:01 am

Federal health officials have awarded more than $5 million in grants to 10 health centers in Florida to serve newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act.

The grants are expected to serve about 46,000 patients, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The “Access Point” grants are going to:

Banyan Community Health Center, Inc.                 Miami                   $703,602

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Health News Florida
9:36 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Scott Heads To Washington To Talk LIP Funding

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 9:09 am

Setting off for Washington, D.C., to meet with federal officials over health-care money at the heart of a state budget crisis, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday flatly ruled out a Senate plan to extend private insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of lower-income Floridians.

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Health News Florida
9:36 am
Wed May 6, 2015

State Considers Response To 3-Year-Old's Death

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 9:08 am

A report by the state Department of Children and Families on the death of a 3-year-old Hollywood boy is prompting talk among policymakers about the next steps in fixing Florida's troubled child-protection system.

The report --- by what is known as the Critical Incident Rapid Response Team --- details a system-wide breakdown in protecting Ahziya Osceola, whose body was found March 19, hidden in the laundry room of his family's home.

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News
9:35 am
Wed May 6, 2015

FL To Do National Search for DEP, FDLE Bosses

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 9:04 am

Florida will begin a nationwide search to find the heads of two state agencies.

Gov. Rick Scott called for the search Tuesday after the Florida Senate didn't confirm Scott's picks for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The agencies report to both Scott and the three elected members of the Cabinet.

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Politics
1:51 am
Wed May 6, 2015

PolitiFact Florida Checks out Claims on Donors, Experience

Credit politifact.com

Campaign donors and political experience are just two topics candidates and those considering a run for office in 2016 are already talking about.

PolitiFact Florida recently looked into two recent statements, from U.S. Congressman Alan Grayson of Orlando and from Florida Senator and GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio.

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Politics
10:39 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Florida Cabinet Settles On Performance Measures For Agency Heads

Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:41 pm

The Florida Cabinet discussed performance metrics Tuesday for reviewing the work of agency heads.  The protracted venture stretches back to the bungled ouster of former state law enforcement chief Gerald Bailey.

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Health News Florida
9:00 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Scott Forms Commission to Investigate Hospitals

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 4:04 pm

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order today creating a commission to investigate hospitals.

There’s no immediate word on when it will meet or who will lead it, but it will likely coincide with a legislative special session to deal with Florida’s budget.

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Health News Florida
8:40 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Mental Health Overhaul Falls Victim To Early Session End

Miami-Dade County has the highest percentage of people with serious mental illnesses of any urban community in the United States, according to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project.

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 9:52 pm

A major overhaul of the state’s mental health system died when the Florida Legislature adjourned early.

Both chambers seemed ready to revamp the delivery of mental health and substance abuse services. The bill’s main focus was changing the way those services are administered in order to better coordinate care among agencies.

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Florida Matters
4:08 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Florida Matters: Sunshine Skyway Bridge Disaster 35 Years Later

It was Friday, May 9, 1980 at 7:33 a.m. when the freighter Summit Venture rammed into the Sunshine Skyway Bridge during a severe storm.  The roadway above crashed into the waters of Tampa Bay. Though the blinding rain, drivers in the southbound lanes were unable to see the missing roadway ahead.  Six cars, a truck, and a Greyhound Bus plunged into the waters below, and 35 people were killed.

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News
1:09 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Scott to Negotiate FL Hospital Funds in D.C.

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 12:58 pm

Gov. Rick Scott is heading to Washington to try to convince the Obama administration to release federal funds for hospitals that treat low-income and Medicaid patients.

The Republican governor wants an extension on the more than $1 billion funds that expire next month. But the federal government wants states to expand Medicaid, arguing it's more efficient to give people money to help buy health insurance than to pay hospitals for caring for the uninsured retroactively.

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University Beat
10:30 am
Tue May 5, 2015

UF Opens Food Pantry for Needy Students & Staff

The University of Florida is opening a food pantry for needy students and staff.

The pantry is scheduled to open when Summer B classes begin June 29.

The Gainesville Sun reports the Dean of Students office will run the pantry, which is a university-wide collaboration.

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Health News Florida
9:09 am
Tue May 5, 2015

State Rebuffed In Children's Medicaid Fight

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 8:45 am

A federal judge last week rejected the state's latest attempt to end a decade-long lawsuit that contends Florida has not properly provided care to children in the Medicaid program.

Attorneys for the state pointed to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in an Idaho case to argue that Judge Adalberto Jordan should dismiss claims that Florida has failed to adequately provide care such as check-ups and screenings to low-income children.

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Politics
7:09 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Seminole Tribe Of Florida Pleas For Renewal Of Card Game Agreement

The Seminole Tribe of Florida wants the state to extend a portion of its gambling compact that expires this summer. It allows banked card games like baccarat exclusively at five Seminole casinos and generates more than a $100 million a year for the state.

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:44 am

The Seminole Tribe of Florida wants to keep its exclusive rights to blackjack and other banked card games, but the Legislature's abrupt adjournment this year might have dealt the tribe a bad hand. 

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Law & Order
6:34 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Body Cameras Bill Sponsor Intends To Bring Dead Bill Back Next Year

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 4:22 pm

While one body cameras-related bill was sent to the Governor, another died amid the budget impasse between the House and Senate. But, the bill’s main sponsor says he’ll be back again next year.

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Politics
6:19 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Scott Appoints 16 Without Confirmation

Gov. Rick Scott fired back at a fellow Republican, Senate President Andy Gardiner, appointing 16 top agency heads who weren't confirmed. Gardiner threatened not to pass Scott's tax cuts.

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 5:25 pm

Not all of the political warfare in the Capitol is between the House and Senate. Gov. Rick Scott fired a shot over the bow of Senate President Andy Gardiner today, reappointing 16 agency heads who weren’t confirmed.

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