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

Federal health officials may be about to get greatly enhanced powers to quarantine people, as part of an ongoing effort to stop outbreaks of dangerous contagious diseases.

The new powers are outlined in a set of regulations the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published late last month to update the agency's quarantine authority for the first time since the 1940s.

Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz is reportedly drafting a bill to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency.

There’s a lot of confusion in Florida when it comes to medical marijuana.

There are existing laws, Amendment 2 that was passed by voters but still needs to go through the legislature, and somewhere in between, the Florida Department of Health is issuing rules.

State Money Going To Universities For Zika Research

Feb 2, 2017

Researchers at eight universities, Moffitt Cancer Center and The Scripps Research Institute will share $25 million in grants as the state looks to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus, Gov. Rick Scott's office announced Wednesday.

A new bill filed Wednesday has the potential to completely revamp Florida’s medical marijuana system – and remove caps on the number of growers.

Justices Rule Medical Documents Must Be Disclosed

Feb 1, 2017

In a ruling that could have implications for medical-malpractice cases across the state, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday said a Jacksonville hospital system was required to provide records to a patient's family because of a 2004 constitutional amendment.

Scott Seeks Money To Battle Zika

Feb 1, 2017

Florida is bracing for another round of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. In his proposed $83.5 billion budget released Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott included $1.9 million to fund 21 epidemiologists to work in county health departments, along with providing surveillance and outbreak control.

Gov. Rick Scott is calling for $60 million for the Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee River in response to last summer’s toxic algae blooms.


'PIP' Repeal Proposals Re-Emerge

Jan 31, 2017

Florida's no-fault auto insurance system could be nearing the end of its road.

UF Trustees Seek Better Accounting On Shands Debt

Jan 31, 2017

University of Florida trustees will have more oversight over borrowing by UF Health Shands Hospital and its affiliated organizations under a policy adopted Monday.

While talk of repeal and replace has dominated the recent conversation about the Affordable Care Act, consumers have quietly been signing up in record numbers.  

State Wants To Keep Feds Out Of Prison Disability Case

Jan 31, 2017

The Florida Department of Corrections has asked a judge to block the U.S. Department of Justice from intervening in a year-old lawsuit alleging that the state's prison system has violated the rights of inmates with disabilities.

No Fries: State Wants Students To Cook Healthy Dishes

Jan 30, 2017

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is looking for the state's best student chef.


Florida's public universities are being swamped by college students who need counseling.


Seven pelicans returned to the waters north of downtown St. Petersburg after recovering from an illness that killed about 60 birds in the same rookery.

The cause of the illness remains a mystery.

Florida is on the cusp of joining nearly every other death penalty state in requiring a unanimous jury sentence.

A bill to build water storage reservoirs south of Lake Okeechobee was introduced in Florida’s legislature on Thursday, formalizing a controversial plan by Senate President Joe Negron.

Insurer Aetna was making a profit selling health insurance under the Affordable Care Act when it exited Florida.

Senator Wants To Boost Pollution Notification

Jan 27, 2017

After an uproar about two high-profile pollution incidents, a key Senate Republican filed a proposal Thursday aimed at better notifying the public when pollution occurs.

Supreme Court Backs Allstate On ‘PIP' Medical Fees

Jan 27, 2017

In a defeat for medical providers, a divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Allstate Insurance Company in a dispute about fees paid to care for auto-accident victims.

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