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1:48 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

FL Home to Highest-Charging U.S. Hospitals

U.S. Navy

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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10:35 am
Mon June 8, 2015

FL Abortions Dip, Other States More So

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 10:24 am

The number of abortions performed in Florida dropped by 10 percent between 2010 and 2014, but the decrease is less than in other Republican-led states that have more aggressive restrictions on the procedure.

Roughly 72,100 abortions were performed in Florida in 2014, a 9.7 percent dip from about 79,900 in 2010, according to state health records. The number of abortion clinics has remained steady at about 70 during the time period.

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10:32 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Arguments Set In Scott LIP Lawsuit

Gov.Rick Scott

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 8:16 am

A U.S. District Court judge will hear arguments June 19 in a lawsuit filed by Gov. Rick Scott against the federal government in a dispute about the Low Income Pool health-funding program.

Chief U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers issued an order Thursday scheduling the hearing on Scott's motion for a preliminary injunction in the case.

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10:26 am
Mon June 8, 2015

House, Senate Agree On LIP Total

Sen. Rene Garcia.

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 10:32 am

After months of federal negotiations and proposals floated by Gov. Rick Scott, the House and the Senate, lawmakers on Saturday reached tentative agreements on how much money should flow to hospitals and other medical providers that care for large numbers of low-income patients.

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8:31 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Differences Persist In Budget Negotiations

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 10:05 am

A second day of negotiations between House and Senate lawmakers over a spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1 seemed to highlight longstanding divisions between the two chambers even as legislators tried to come to agreement.

 

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Health News Florida
12:15 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Board Calls for VBAC Doc's Suspension

Dr. Simion Tsinker

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 9:44 am

One of Florida’s most experienced OB-GYNs was “grossly negligent” in attempting a vaginal delivery in a risky case that ended in a stillbirth, the Florida Board of Medicine said Friday.

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10:26 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Feds: Doc Gave Unapproved Cancer Drugs

Dr. Diana Anda Norbergs

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 11:09 am

 A Florida oncologist was charged Thursday with giving cancer patients medications, including chemotherapy drugs, from other countries that were not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

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10:14 am
Fri June 5, 2015

House Set To Defeat Senate Health Plan

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 10:25 am

Despite several changes made in recent days to assuage the concerns of the Republican majority, the Florida House remains poised to defeat a health-care expansion plan backed by a bipartisan group of senators.

More than two hours of questioning on the House floor Thursday gave little reason to believe that the bill (SB 2-A) would survive a vote scheduled for Friday. For all of its new provisions, House Republicans said, the so-called Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange, or FHIX, remains Medicaid expansion in disguise.

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9:09 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Doc Hailed for VBAC Delivery Under Fire

Dr. Simion Tsinker of Hallandale

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 10:43 am

Update: The Florida Board of Medicine on Friday recommended that Dr. Simion Tsinker be suspended. More here.

The most controversial issue in childbirth – when to let nature take its course, when to do surgery – underlies a state complaint to go before the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday.

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9:09 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Campus Health Care Keeps Kids In School

Theresa Civil is a student at Evans Community School and patient at the on-campus Wellness Cottage.

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 9:08 am

Theresa Civil is a high school junior and a wrestler.

The Orlando teen has a big smile and a big laugh, and she’s got big plans for after high school: She wants to be a homicide detective, get her Ph.D. and become an Army engineer.

She frets about her health. Any little thing wrong, she goes to the doctor.

That used to mean making an appointment and waiting weeks for an opening. Now, Civil sees the doctor in the halls, and the next morning, she’s being seen at Evans Wellness Cottage.

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9:42 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Senators Rake Medicaid Official Over Coals

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 8:53 am

 A Senate committee tore into a high-ranking official from Gov. Rick Scott's administration Tuesday in a sign of mounting frustration with the governor's role in the legislative battle over health care.

During a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting held to approve a proposal (SB 2-A) aimed at helping lower-income Floridians get health insurance, committee members from both parties spent more than an hour grilling state Medicaid director Justin Senior over a perceived lack of respect for the Senate.

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9:42 am
Wed June 3, 2015

FL Tops U.S. For Health Subsidies

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 9:00 am

More than 10 million people have signed up for private health insurance this year under the federal health law, the administration said Tuesday. That puts the nation finally within reach of coverage for all, but it may not last.

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9:42 am
Wed June 3, 2015

2nd Hot Car Death In FL Reported

According to KidsAndCars.org, at least 694 children have died from heatstroke in vehicles in the United States over the past 20 years. Florida ranks the 2nd highest state with the most child vehicular heatstroke deaths with a total of 91 fatalities from 1992-present.

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 4:54 pm

An 18-month-old girl has died after her mother inadvertently left her in the back seat of the car while she went inside to teach at a Panama City elementary school.

It's at least the third hot car death of 2015 in the U.S., and the second reported in Florida. 

Authorities say the Jamie Buckley didn't discover her daughter, Reagan, until the end of the school day Tuesday. Bay County Sheriff's deputies found Reagan unresponsive when they arrived. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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9:41 am
Wed June 3, 2015

In Several States, Abortion Waiting Periods Grow Longer

Alyson Hurt NPR

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 6:35 pm

In recent years, states have passed well over 250 laws restricting abortion. One trend in those restrictions: longer waiting periods before women can have the procedure.

Twenty-six states already have waiting periods. Most make women wait 24 hours between the time they get counseling on abortion and have the procedure. But this year, several states are extending that to 48 — even 72 — hours.

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1:22 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Feds Take Aim at Gov. Scott's LIP Lawsuit

Describing the state's arguments as "baseless," federal officials this week fired back in court against Gov. Rick Scott's contention that the Obama administration has unconstitutionally tried to link expanding Medicaid with the continuation of a key health-care funding program.

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