Health News Florida

Since 2006, Health News Florida has provided in-depth journalism on health policy issues in our state.

Health News Florida is a project of WUSF Public Media in Tampa and is heard on public radio stations throughout Florida. It also is available online at http://health.wusf.usf.edu

A Florida Republican has filed a measure prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks.  The proposal is part of a larger trend of so-called fetal pain legislation.

Following last year’s mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub and this year’s at the Fort Lauderdale airport, some Republican lawmakers are showing even more support for open carry-related bills. But, a gun coalition as well as some Democratic lawmakers are countering those pro-gun bills with measures of their own.

AHCA, Nursing Homes Disagree On Managed Care Change

Jan 11, 2017

A top official at the Agency for Health Care Administration on Tuesday objected to a nursing-home industry proposal to exclude some seniors from the state's Medicaid managed-care program.

Gun Issues Command Attention In Tallahassee

Jan 11, 2017

In the wake of mass shootings at an Orlando nightclub and at the Fort Lauderdale airport, the gun-control debate intensified Tuesday with Democratic lawmakers filing legislation to try to improve gun safety while an appeals court heard arguments about local-government gun ordinances.

Florida Researchers Find 2 New Invasive Mosquitoes

Jan 11, 2017

University of Florida researchers say they've found two new disease-carrying mosquito species in the state for the first time.


Two Florida lawmakers want health insurance companies to stick by their contracts when it comes to prescription medications.

After Obamacare, What's Next For Community Health Centers?

Jan 10, 2017

For the patients and the employees of Mary’s Center, a community health center that serves Washington, D.C., and its Maryland suburbs, the 2010 health law had a big impact on business. The facility has always promised care to anyone who walks through its doors. But since Obamacare’s implementation, the patient population and the quality of care they receive has changed.

The quality of health care among Florida's children has improved since 2008, but the state still lags far behind much of the nation.

Nursery Loses Bid For Medical Marijuana License

Jan 9, 2017

The state Department of Health on Thursday issued a final order rejecting a Northeast Florida nursery's attempt to get a license to grow, process and dispense non-euphoric medical marijuana.

An overwhelming majority of people disapprove of Republican lawmakers' plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without having a ready replacement for the health care law, according to a poll released Friday.

And judging by the letter-writing and lobbying in the first week of the new congressional session, many health care and business groups agree.

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A new medical marijuana dispensary could be up and running in Tampa as soon as next week.

Trulieve, a Tallahassee-based medical marijuana company, will begin construction of a site in Bradenton within a week or two, the Bradenton Herald reports.

Lawmakers are vowing to strengthen public notice requirements for toxic spills after an administrative law judge struck down an emergency rule by Governor Rick Scott.

Direct Primary Care Issue Re-Emerges In Florida Senate

Jan 5, 2017

A Senate Republican has filed a proposal that could help clear the way for "direct primary care" agreements in Florida — an issue that received support last year from the House, doctors and small businesses.

Per capita, Osceola County has the worst rates in Florida for asthma hospitalizations and the second worst rate for emergency room visits for asthma.

But a free lung clinic is helping residents breathe easy.

House Members Want To Revisit Health Bills

Jan 5, 2017

As House leaders pushed for changes last year in the state's health-care system, they backed the creation of "recovery care centers" and the use of "direct primary care" agreements. But the proposals died among broader disagreements with the Senate about health-care issues.

Florida Supreme Court Rescinds Death Penalty Ruling

Jan 5, 2017

In a highly unusual move that heightened confusion in an already-murky legal arena, the Florida Supreme Court quickly rescinded an order Wednesday that would have barred prosecutors from seeking the death penalty in capital cases.

Lawmakers returned to Washington and wasted no time getting to work on the repeal of Obamacare.

Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., introduced a resolution just hours after the new Congress convened Tuesday that will serve as the vehicle for repealing much of the president's signature health care law.

A rabies alert has been issued for Venice and North Port by the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County after the discovery of a rabid bobcat.

Judiciary Committee To Consider Death Penalty, Workers’ Comp

Jan 4, 2017

Preparing for the annual legislative session, the House Judiciary Committee next week will start weighing two high-profile issues: the death penalty and workers' compensation insurance.


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