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2:23 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

House Backs Changes For State Workers, Hospitals

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 2:20 pm

Pitching more competition and choices in the health-care system, the House on Friday passed six bills that include proposals to revamp health coverage for state employees and eliminate key regulations in the hospital industry.

But as lawmakers head into the final week of a special legislative session, it remains unclear whether the Senate will pass any of the bills. Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, remained non-committal Friday, though he suggested the House's proposed changes to employee health insurance likely will not pass.

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9:44 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Gay Adoption Ban Stricken from Florida Laws After 4 Decades

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A nearly four-decade-old law banning gays from adopting children, which hasn't been enforced in five years, will come off Florida's books July 1, but Gov. Rick Scott still wants private, religious-based adoption agencies to be able to turn gay couples away.

Scott signed a bill Thursday that removes the adoption ban enacted in the days when entertainer Anita Bryant crusaded against gays. It is part of a larger bill that promotes adoption, and striking the language simply reflects reality after a judge found the ban unconstitutional five years ago.

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Health News Florida
4:28 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Groups Sue Over Florida’s 24-Hour Wait Period for Abortions

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Two groups sued the state of Florida today seeking to stop a 24-hour waiting period for abortions from taking effect, arguing that it imposes an unnecessary burden on women seeking to end their pregnancies.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed the suit one day after Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill into law. They argue that the law, which is to take effect July 1, violates the right to privacy guaranteed in the state constitution by interfering with their right to undergo the procedure.

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Health News Florida
10:30 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Entrepreneurs Pitch Mobile Apps Geared To Seniors

AARP members watch as Lisa Suennen moderates this year's 50 Live Pitch Event at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 7:25 am

Mary Theresa Anderson is sitting in the back of a Miami Beach Convention Center ballroom, listening as entrepreneurs pitch health apps geared toward her and other retirees.

The former trauma nurse from Maryland follows along as venture capitalists drill aspiring businessmen and women about products offering brain exercises, real-time health monitoring, even online vitamin delivery.

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9:43 am
Thu June 11, 2015

24-Hour Abortion Waiting Period Signed Into Law

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 9:30 am

Women will have to wait 24 hours before having an abortion under a bill Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed into law today, a reflective period supporters said they hoped would change some women’s minds before ending their pregnancies.

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9:42 am
Thu June 11, 2015

'Right To Try' Law To Allow Experimental Drugs

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 9:01 am

Gov. Rick Scott signed 55 bills into law Wednesday, including a new law dubbed the "Right to Try Act." It will let terminally ill patients starting July 1 have access to certain experimental drugs (HB 269). Also, doctors under a separate bill (HB 751) will be able to prescribe a type of drug known as an "opioid antagonist," which can be injected in emergency situations to halt overdoses.

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9:38 am
Thu June 11, 2015

UCF Study Shows Breast Milk Sharing Is Thriving

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 8:55 am

Breast milk sharing is thriving in central Florida, especially among high income, college educated white women. That’s according to a new study out of UCF.

Research shows breast milk helps boost a baby’s immune system. Not all women can produce their own milk, so sharing is an alternative. And study co-author Shannon Carter says they found the buying and selling of breast milk was rare.

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9:36 am
Thu June 11, 2015

House Lines Up Potential Healthcare Changes

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 8:52 am

After rejecting a controversial expansion of health coverage for low-income Floridians, House Republicans took a far-different approach Wednesday to revamping the state's health-care system.

A GOP-led committee approved six bills largely aimed at stripping away regulations, offering new ways for patients to get care and nudging state employees to pick from a menu of health-insurance plans.

House leaders say they want to create more competition and choices for consumers, which they contend will hold down costs and provide more access to care.

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7:51 am
Thu June 11, 2015

FL Docs Among Top Tranquilizer Prescribers

Alprazolam, a commonly prescribed Benzodiazepine drugs.
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Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 7:54 am

In 2012, Medicare’s massive prescription drug program didn’t spend a penny on popular tranquilizers such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan.

The following year, it doled out more than $377 million for the drugs.

While it might appear that an epidemic of anxiety swept the nation’s Medicare enrollees, the spike actually reflects a failed policy initiative by Congress.

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Health News Florida
10:00 am
Wed June 10, 2015

‘Bumped’ Budget Issues Include LIP

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 10:03 am

Dozens of budget issues --- including the one that threw lawmakers into a special session to finish work on the state budget --- moved up the legislative ladder Tuesday, starting the next round of talks aimed at resolving differences between the House and Senate spending plans.

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10:00 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Feds: No Need For Mediation In Scott’s Lawsuit

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 10:06 am

The Obama administration says there’s no need for a judge to order mediation as Gov. Rick Scott requested because they’ve been engaged in ongoing discussions with Florida.

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10:00 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Documents Show New Side To Transvaginal Lawsuit

Valencia College has banned the practice of transvaginal ultrasounds, but according to records, that upset some students.

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 9:00 am

New documents obtained by 90.7 News show a new side to Valencia’s transvaginal lawsuit case.

Three students are alleging that Valencia violated their constitutional rights by browbeating them to submit to pelvic ultrasounds.

Students performed the tests on one another in the medical sonography program.

Health Reporter Abe Aboraya spoke with Morning Edition Host Nicole Creston.

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Health News Florida
9:52 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Consumers In 'Grandfathered' Health Plans Can Face Higher Costs

Health plans begun under the Affordable Care Act are required to cover FDA-approved contraceptive methods without cost to members. Older plans are exempt from that rule.
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Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 10:06 am

Judy Naillon called her insurer several months ago to find out why she was being charged $35 every month for birth control pills. Her friends said they were getting their pills free under the federal health law.

Why wasn't she getting the same deal?

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9:47 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Hospital, Nurse, State Worker Bills Up Today

Rep. Jason Brodeur

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 9:36 am

A bill that would overturn 40 years of hospital regulation in Florida is one of four contentious issues scheduled for a key House committee this morning and a Senate workshop this afternoon.

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1:48 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

FL Home to Highest-Charging U.S. Hospitals

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Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 1:54 pm

Twenty of the 50 U.S. hospitals that charge the most for their services are located in Florida — and all but one of them are for-profit, according to a study released Monday.

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