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7:29 am
Fri April 24, 2015

House Republicans Make Budget Offer

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 7:30 am

 Top Republicans in the Florida House made an offer Thursday to try to bridge a budget gap with Senate Republicans, but it could still result in the state's hospitals getting significantly less than they are receiving now.

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2:51 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Selling Hard Boiled Eggs For Medicine: Tradeoffs People In The Gap Make For Health Care

Cynthia Louis in one of Florida International University's Neighborhood HELP Program parked in parking lot of the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Miami Gardens.

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:50 pm

 This is the third part in our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

Every Tuesday, a giant blue bus parks in front of the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Miami Gardens. Inside looks like a doctor’s office with a reclining exam chair and anatomical charts. You only know that it’s not a traditional office when it shakes as people get on and off.

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12:49 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

The Barriers People In The Coverage Gap Face To Get Care

Cynthia Louis with her beloved perm.

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 9:33 am

This is the second part in our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

Before the pain in her arms started, Cynthia Louis would get up each morning, sit on the edge of her bed and fix her shoulder-length hair. In the mirror above her dressing table where her hair products and pins are neatly aligned, she would brush out her curled hair to frame her face.

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12:49 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Medicaid: For The Loafer-Wearing Special Interests Or For The Neediest Floridians?

Cynthia Louis at a free mobile health clinic, one of the few places she can go to get health care as a person in the "coverage gap."

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 1:31 pm

This is the fourth and final part of our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

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10:49 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Program Building 3-D Bionics for Kids Grows

Wyatt Falardeau got a Blue Man Group bionic arm from Limbitless Solutions, a UCF nonprofit.

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 9:14 am

An Orlando nonprofit that 3-D prints free bionic arms for children is expanding. And to kick off the expansion, they gave a 3-D printed arm to autistic 12-year-old.

Wyatt Falardeau had his arm amputated shortly after birth. He’s a huge fan of Blue Man Group, and earlier this month, they gave him a new robotic arm.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Wyatt said.

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10:40 am
Thu April 23, 2015

FL To Add 500 New Nursing Home Beds

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:42 am

 Nearly thirty companies will be competing to build new nursing homes in Florida. And with 1,700 applications for only about 500 new beds, competition will be fierce.

Florida just ended a 15-year moratorium on new nursing home construction.

Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Elizabeth Dudek said this could be the last big round of new nursing homes because of a cap.

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3:30 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Drug Database Credited With Lowering ODs

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:45 pm

A database that tracks oxycodone and other controlled substances in Florida is being credited with a 25 percent drop in overdose deaths.

In 2011, the state created the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program so doctors and pharmacists could see if patients were doctor shopping, or getting care from multiple doctors without their awareness,  for prescription drugs.

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1:35 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

House Approves 24-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions

State Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, is the sponsor of the bill.

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:08 pm

With the Senate also poised to take up the issue, the Florida House on Wednesday approved a bill that would require 24-hour waiting periods before women can have abortions.

The measure (HB 633), sponsored by freshman Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, passed on a vote of 77-41, largely along party lines.

The debate followed party lines, too, with Republicans arguing for the sanctity of life and Democrats arguing for the right to choose.

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9:33 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Florida House Pushes Forward A Handful Of Health Tweaks

State lawmakers are pushing forward a number of tweaks to Florida health policy.

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:20 pm

A proposal mandating an abortion waiting period took center stage Tuesday on the House floor.  But lawmakers discussed a handful of other measures that could affect health administration in the state, too.

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11:32 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Scott Steps Into Health Care Funding Battle

Gov. Rick Scott

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 9:37 am

 Gov. Rick Scott stepped into the legislative fray over health care funding Tuesday, proposing an idea for moving forward on the state budget that was quickly dismissed by the Senate.

Scott's attempt to break the impasse, which comes with less than two weeks left in the legislative session, followed separate meetings among the full Senate and House Republicans in which both sides seemed to dig in further for a protracted battle over funding for providers of medical care and a potential alternative to Medicaid expansion.

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11:28 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

FL KidCare Funding Extended Two Years

Jodi Ray is the Project Director of Florida Covering Kids & Families at the University of South Florida. She helps enroll children in Florida KidCare.

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:00 pm

Thousands of Florida children will retain their health care coverage for at least another two years thanks to the passage of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act.

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11:25 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Senate LIP Plan Added to Federal Proposal

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 8:37 am

The state agency responsible for Medicaid submitted a new proposal Monday to the federal government for up to $2.2 billion in health-care funding, but the move might be too late to break a budget impasse.

The new model for the Low Income Pool, or LIP, program closely follows legislation approved by the state Senate earlier this month. LIP, which is largely used to cover the expenses of uninsured, low-income Floridians who show up at hospitals needing treatment, is set to expire June 30.

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9:13 am
Mon April 20, 2015

What It's Like To Be In The Health Coverage Gap In Florida

Cynthia Louis, 57, is one of an estimated thousands in Miami-Dade who are uninsured but would receive Medicaid if the Florida Legislature would approve it.

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 7:42 am

This is the first part in our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

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9:12 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Scott Compares Obama Administration To Sopranos

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 8:44 am

 Gov. Rick Scott is comparing the Obama administration to the Sopranos and accusing the president of not caring for low-income families, even as the Republican governor refuses to expand Medicaid insurance to more than 800,000 low-income families.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush, who is considering a run for president, is also weighing in, voicing support for a Senate compromise that would eventually take federal funds and give them to families to purchase private insurance.

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9:07 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Garcia: Scott Suing Feds Could Hurt LIP

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 8:39 am

As chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, Hialeah Republican Rene Garcia is a key member of Senate President Andy Gardiner's leadership team.

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