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Health News Florida is now part of WUSF Public Media in Tampa, Florida.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012. 

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Florida’s nursing home industry will hold a summit Friday in Tallahassee to discuss Gov. Rick Scott’s emergency rule requiring increased generator capacity to help nursing homes in a disaster, according to the Miami Herald.

color:#181818">Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren has withdrawn pursuit of the death penalty in five of 24 cases he inherited when he took over the office in January, The Tampa Bay Times reported. A sixth defendant avoided death row with a guilty plea.


In the spring and summer of 2015, the state switched more than 13,000 children out of Children's Medical Services, a part of Florida Medicaid, according to a report by CNN.

After more than four decades as a journalist, Health News Florida’s founder and former editor Carol Gentry is retiring from WUSF Public Media.

Florida To Pay $1M In Docs Vs. Glocks Legal Fees

Jul 24, 2017

Florida will pay $1.1 million in legal fees to attorneys who challenged a controversial state law that sought to prevent doctors from asking patients about guns, a group representing opponents said Monday.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, pleased that his demands were met on crafting the bill to repeal Obamacare, said he was ready to announce his support for the Republican backed legislation, the Miami Herald reported.

Tampa strip club owner Joe Redner is challenging the state’s medical marijuana laws in court, the Tampa Bay Times reported.


As Florida lawmakers contemplate revisiting the medical marijuana issue in a special legislative session and revive a failed effort to establish regulatory guidelines for the voter-approved industry, a system for accessing the treatment already is taking shape.


color:#181818">A stalemate between UnitedHealthcare — one of the largest health insurance companies in the country — and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospitals could affect thousands of families across the Tampa Bay region, the Tampa Bay Times reported.


Orlando attorney and possible gubernatorial candidate John Morgan says he’s prepared to invest in the medical marijuana industry now that it’s about to expland in Florida.


A Monday court hearing offers the Trump administration its best opportunity to prevent significant increases in health care costs for about 7 million lower-income Americans who buy their plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, USA Today reported.

A state investigation found a manager for the Florida Department of Health was selling jewelry out of her office and recruiting her employees to take part in the online pyramid scheme, according to a story in the Miami Herald.

Gun injuries are a growing problem for Florida’s children, rising along with the increasing availability of firearms across the state, according to a special report in the Tampa Bay Times.

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis got another earful Saturday during the second of his “listening sessions,” hearing from advocates on both sides of the Obamacare issue.

Those who want their health care coverage to start Jan. 1 have until 11:59 p.m. today to sign up on the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

As the only insurer to offer plans in the Affordable Care Act marketplace in all of Florida's 67 counties, Florida Blue is keeping a close eye on proposed changes from Donald Trump's administration.

One prediction of the Affordable Care Act was that health care prices would drop when more people became insured. The idea was that providers would no longer shoulder the costs of caring for the uninsured.

The Florida Department of Health Tuesday announced that Florida Zika cases have now exceeded 1,000.

Health News Florida received its national Edward R. Murrow award for “Best Small Online News Organization Website” for audio at a ceremony in New York City on Monday.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc., one of the largest public companies and one of the largest employers in Tampa Bay, has signed an agreement that expands its footprint in Arizona’s Medicaid and Medicare markets, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.


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