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

Deadline Approaches For Victim Protections Bill

Apr 5, 2016

Governor Rick Scott has until Wednesday to act on a bill that could expand protections for victims of abuse.

Physicians' Group To Weigh In On 'PIP' Fees Case

Apr 5, 2016

The state Supreme Court on Thursday approved the Florida Medical Association's request to file a friend-of-the-court brief in a case about fees paid to medical providers who treat people injured in auto accidents.

Mental Health Reform Effort Heads To Scott

Apr 5, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott will have 15 days to take action on a bill (SB 12) that would make wide-ranging changes in the state's mental-health and substance-abuse treatment systems.

Another Nursery Approved For Marijuana Industry

Apr 5, 2016

State health officials on Monday paved the way for Gainesville-based San Felasco Nurseries to join five other dispensing organizations authorized to grow medical marijuana in Florida.

Florida Prisons Plan To Hire More Than 4,000 People

Apr 4, 2016

Florida's prison agency says it is planning to hire more than 4,000 new correctional officers in the next 15 months.

Florida Regulators OK Anthem-Cigna Insurance Deal

Apr 4, 2016

State insurance regulators have approved Anthem's purchase of Cigna's Florida companies as part of a broader merger of the major health insurers.

Feds Could Block State Ban On Planned Parenthood Money

Apr 4, 2016

A new Florida abortion law seeks to ban Medicaid funding for family-planning services at clinics that also offer elective abortions --- such as clinics run by Planned Parenthood --- but the federal government appears unlikely to allow that part of the law to take effect.

A fugitive from Miami who has been on the run for almost 20 years is back in federal custody after he was arrested in Nicaragua.

Scott Signs Medicine Age Limit, Gas Pump Skimmer Bill

Apr 4, 2016

A plan to keep teens from buying over-the-counter cough medicines was among 14 bills signed into law late last week by Gov. Rick Scott.

The government urged health officials around the country Friday to get ready now in case there are outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in the U.S. this summer.

A prescription drug that counters the effects of an opioid overdose will soon be available over the counter.

For most hospitals in Florida, Medicare is changing the way it pays for hip- and knee-replacement operations to ensure that patients get the right care at the right time at the right price for taxpayers. 

Seven employees at a Florida agency that investigates child abuse have been disciplined for mishandling allegations of abuse involving a woman whose daughter’s body was found inside a freezer.

Health Bills, Tax Cuts, 'Legacy Florida' Go To Scott

Mar 31, 2016

Scott received a handful of health-care bills, including a measure (HB 221) that addresses a controversial health-insurance issue known as "balance billing."

Bud Stevens is an engineer for a big aerospace company who lives in Melbourne, on Florida’s Space Coast. When he moved back to the states from England, he wanted a proper U.S. physical.

Governor Gives Backing To Dozier ‘Justice’ Bill

Mar 31, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed a bill addressing what one lawmaker described as a "dark chapter" in Florida history at a now-shuttered reform school.

Governor To Contact Feds Over Nursing Home Cost Hike

Mar 30, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott said he will call U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald as Florida awaits a decision that could add more than $20 million to the construction cost of a planned state veterans' nursing home in St. Lucie County.

State, Gun-Rights Groups Back 'Docs V. Glocks' Law

Mar 30, 2016

Readying for oral arguments in June, attorneys for the state and Second Amendment groups are urging a full federal appeals court to uphold a 2011 Florida law that would restrict doctors from asking questions and recording information about patients' gun ownership.

The same technology sending astronauts to space could be used here on Earth.

That’s the message from NASA’s Technology Transfer Program, which is reaching out to Florida health care companies and executives. Kennedy Space Center’s Mike Lester said NASA has more than 1,400 patents that companies can commercialize, including more than 40 health care patents.

A woman is suing a Florida hospital, saying an employee flushed the remains of her miscarried child down the toilet.

Linda Gomez filed suit last week in Palm Beach County court against Wellington Regional Medical Center, seeking unspecified damages for emotional trauma.

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