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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 Thu May 7, 2015 6:07 am

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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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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8:57 am
Mon May 4, 2015

While Lawmakers Feud, Scott Visits Ferris Wheel, Wawa

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 8:56 am

When it became clear that the House and Senate wouldn’t agree on a budget, Republican Gov. Rick Scott was in California trying to get shipping companies to move to Florida.

And when the Legislature was at the point of no return to either pass a budget or go home without completing the one task it’s legally required to do each year, Scott was at a Wawa gas station opening in Fort Myers.

When the Senate threatened Wednesday to bring legal action against the House for adjourning three days early with more work to be done, Scott was visiting a giant Ferris wheel in Orlando.

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Health News Florida
8:26 am
Mon May 4, 2015

About Half of FL Hospitals Earn 'A' For Safety

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 8:28 am

 

 The latest Hospital Safety Scores released by the not-for-profit watchdog Leapfrog Group show almost half of general, acute-care hospitals in Florida earned an A.

The group calculates the grades twice a year on using data on errors, injuries, accidents and infections, and posts the results in a searchable database.

Out of the 165 Florida hospitals they graded, 77 got an A.

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3:32 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Citizens Weigh In On Low Income Pool

Justin Senior, deputy secretary for Medicaid for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, spoke in Orlando today.

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 8:51 am

Florida officials have a new proposal to try and keep $2.2 billion federal health fund for the uninsured.

The Low Income Pool, or LIP, reimburses hospitals for the care of uninsured patients. The new plan would reimburse based on the quality of care.

The Agency for Health Care Administration took public comment for the first time Wednesday. Poinciana retiree Jim Guth said he supports the program, but doesn’t like the strings attached to federal dollars.

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3:29 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

'Huge' Revamp Of Mental-Health Services Scrapped

Sen. Rene Garcia

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 2:29 pm

  An ambitious proposal to revamp the state's system for delivering mental-health services became a casualty of the House's early exit from the Capitol, as the plan's Senate sponsor Wednesday refused to along with changes made by House members.

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10:25 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Miami Blog Helps Women Embrace Their Cancer Scars

Lori Cuellar, left, is posing with her daughter, Renee Cuellar, right.

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 11:28 am

A Miami-based blog is featuring fashion shoots with women who have battled cancer. It’s called Wear To Now. The women get photo shoots with professional hair, makeup and styling for free. The blog is trying to help women embrace their scars.

Lori Cuellar posed for the camera at Matheson Hammock Park. The morning sun was hitting her. Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline were in the background.

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7:07 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Last Day To Enroll on HealthCare.gov

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 7:35 am

Thursday, April 30 is the last day for people in Florida and the three dozen other states that use the federal health insurance marketplace to buy a health insurance plan on HealthCare.gov.  

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3:18 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

'Right To Try Act' Heads To Governor

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 6:21 pm

Among the measures that did not die over the budget impasse between the House and Senate is a bill making it easier for terminally ill patients to have access to experimental drugs.

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9:35 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Overdose Antidote Set to Become Law

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:33 am

A prescription drug that counters the effects of a pain medication overdose could soon be available to caregivers and others.

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9:11 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Gardiner's Agenda On Disabilities Mostly Dies With House Exit

Senate President Andy Gardiner

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:02 am

The surprise early exit of the Florida House from the 2015 regular session likely means that most of a legislative package dear to Senate President Andy Gardiner is dead.

Gardiner, R-Orlando, made it a priority this year to pass bills to give greater educational and vocational opportunities to people with disabilities --- or, as Gardiner likes to call them, "unique abilities."

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9:11 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Statewide Hearings on LIP Start In Orlando

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Elizabeth Dudek

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:14 am

For the first time today, the public will get to weigh in on what to do with a federal program for the uninsured that’s created gridlock in Tallahassee. The Wednesday meeting in Orlando kicks off a series of statewide hearings on the Low Income Pool, or LIP.

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8:27 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Scott Files Lawsuit Over Medicaid Expansion

Governor Rick Scott

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:09 am

Florida Gov. Rick Scott sued the Obama administration Tuesday, charging that federal officials are coercing the state to expand Medicaid in order to get $1 billion in federal hospital funds.

The Republican governor points to a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision saying the federal government can't coerce states to expand Medicaid, which is exactly what he says the Obama administration is doing by withholding hospital funds.

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8:21 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Florida's House Quits Early, At Impasse Over Medicaid Expansion

Florida state Senate president Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, was applauded by his fellow senators Tuesday, after expressing his disappointment with the Florida House for ending its session three days early, instead of working through the budget clash.
Steve Cannon AP

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 2:22 pm

The Republican-controlled Florida legislature — at odds over the question of whether to expand Medicaid — abruptly ended its session three days early on Tuesday, leaving hundreds of bills that are unrelated to health care unfinished.

Andy Gardiner, president of Florida's state Senate, says he's disappointed with the House's decision to stop negotiating and leave town.

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4:09 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Scott Files Suit Against Obama Over Medicaid Expansion

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 7:07 pm

Florida Gov. Rick Scott sued the Obama administration Tuesday, charging that federal officials are coercing the state to expand Medicaid in order to get $1 billion in federal hospital funds.

The Republican governor points to a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision saying the federal government can't coerce states to expand Medicaid, which is exactly what he says the Obama administration is doing by withholding hospital funds.

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