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10:19 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Child Dies, FL Admits Fault, Millions Owed

Matthew and Mark Robinson

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 2:46 pm

Matthew Robinson loved to have eggs for dinner.
 
But they were out the evening of November 4, 2010. So the 10-year-old and his brother Mark walked out of their Kissimmee apartment and headed across the street to the Kangaroo convenience store.
 

While crossing the street to come home, a city bus made a left turn into the crosswalk and hit the two boys.

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8:19 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Music Soothes As Alzheimer's Cure Sought

Julie Martin, a certified music therapist, works with patients living with Alzheimer's disease.
Empath Health

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 2:25 pm

Julie Martin sits at a table in a nondescript room at Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater. She strums an instrument called a Qchord, a type of electronic autoharp.

"Hello my friends. Hello my friends," she sings in a slow, comforting voice. "Hello my friends, it's nice to see you today."

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1:27 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

State Looks To Ramp Up Fight Against Human Trafficking

Targeting what one senator described as a "sick but profitable criminal enterprise,'' lawmakers have started moving to ramp up Florida's response to human trafficking.

One proposal (HB 465/SB 1108) would increase penalties for "soliciting, inducing, enticing or procuring another to commit prostitution." Another (HB 457/SB 698) would dedicate funding from a "Safe and Free Florida" specialty license tag to victim services. 

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Health News Florida
10:13 am
Wed March 4, 2015

No Medicaid Expansion? No Problem For Many Safety-Net Hospital Profits

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 8:57 am

Hospitals that treat many poor and uninsured patients were expected to face tough financial times in states that did not expand Medicaid under the federal law known as Obamacare.

That’s because they would get less Medicare and Medicaid funding under the Affordable Care Act, while still having to provide high levels of charity care.

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Health News Florida
10:13 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Budget, Health Care Issues Cloud Legislature's Opening Day

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 9:13 am

The Republican-led Florida Legislature kicked off its annual session Tuesday with the usual pomp, but the celebratory nature was overshadowed by lingering questions about the state budget, tax cuts and health care.

The two GOP legislators in charge opened the session by stressing areas on which they plan to work in tandem over the next 60 days. That included dealing with the state's standardized testing system.

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Health News Florida
10:13 am
Wed March 4, 2015

State Looks To Ramp Up Fight Against Human Trafficking

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 9:42 am

  Targeting what one senator described as a "sick but profitable criminal enterprise,'' lawmakers have started moving to ramp up Florida's response to human trafficking. 

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5:56 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Senate Will Take Up Medicaid Expansion

A Healthy Florida Works is looking for a sponsor for its bill toward Medicaid expansion.

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 5:08 pm

The Florida Senate is getting ready to debate expanding Medicaid in Florida. The issue has been a major contention point between the House and Senate for the past three years.

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Health News Florida
8:03 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Rep. Hudson on Medicaid Expansion: No!

Rep. Matt Hudson

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 12:03 am

Florida business groups, insurers, and hospitals are pushing state officials to accept billions of dollars in federal funds to cover the low-income uninsured.

But when the 2015 legislative session opens next Tuesday, this impressive coalition will run into Rep. Matt Hudson, a Naples Republican who chairs the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee.

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4:30 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

In a Twist, Fight For Medical Pot Goes to Florida Statehouse

In this Oct. 8, 2014 photo, Ben Pollara, who leads United for Care, the group that lobbied for a comprehensive medical marijuana law in last year's Florida ballot, is seen at a rally in Boca Raton, Fla.

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 4:07 pm

Republicans lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that another constitutional amendment during next year's presidential race could drive opponents to the polls.

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12:09 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

Lawmakers Mull Over Mental Health-Criminal Justice Link, Includes More Officer Training

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 5:45 pm

A group of Florida lawmakers is looking into the mental health issues of inmates in the state’s criminal justice system, and some legislation could be in store based on ideas from different law agencies and the courts.

For Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, he says it’s important all law enforcement agencies get some type of training to account for people with mental health issues called Crisis Intervention Team, or CIT training.

“You see, we’ve got 27 Sheriffs offices that aren’t doing CIT at all; I think we need 100 percent,” said Gualtieri.

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3:46 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Nutrition Panel: Egg With Coffee Is A-OK, But Skip The Side Of Bacon

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee says in a new report that Americans should shift to a pattern of eating that includes more plant-based foods.
Jennifer/Flickr

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 8:13 pm

If you like a cup of coffee and an egg in the morning, you've got the green light.

A panel of top nutrition experts appointed by the federal government has weighed in with its long-awaited diet advice.

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11:55 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Amid Tax Season, Feds Give Extra Plan Enrollment Time

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 7:19 pm

The deadline to buy health insurance coverage for 2015 has come and gone. But some people without insurance are just finding out now that they have to pay a tax penalty, and they're getting another chance to sign up.

Federal health officials announced Friday morning that they’re offering a new, special open enrollment period for consumers who are preparing their 2014 taxes now and figuring out that they owe a tax penalty under the Affordable Care Act.

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12:39 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Senators Look For More Ways To Boost Adoptions

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 8:46 am

A bill that would provide incentives to state employees who adopt children in Florida's foster-care system continued moving forward Wednesday with several changes.

The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously approved the measure (SB 320) by Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, with amendments aimed at boosting adoptions still further.

The bill would provide a one-time cash payment of $5,000 per child to state employees who adopt children from the foster-care system and $10,000 per child for those who adopt children who also have special needs.

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9:03 am
Thu February 19, 2015

White House Hosts Tampa Forum on Seniors' Priorities

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 9:02 am

  The White House is holding the first in a series of forums to hear about the most important issues facing older Americans. 

The event Thursday in Tampa comes amid a historic demographic shift in the U.S. as the massive baby boom generation moves closer to old age.

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7:15 am
Thu February 19, 2015

$500M in New Nursing Home Beds Coming

Richard Montgomery is a short-term rehabilitation patient at The Commons at Orlando Lutheran Towers, a facility where nursing home beds are in short supply.

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 9:33 am

Nursing home beds have been in short supply in Florida for more than a decade.

But the Agency for Health Care Administration on Friday will authorize its top picks to add another 3,100 spots across the state.

The end of this 14-year moratorium can’t come soon enough for Lillian Lara of Orlando.

Her 87-year-old father fell in December and, after a hospital stay, he’s had a bed in the short-term rehabilitation section of The Commons at Orlando Lutheran Towers.

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