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

As a noxious algae bloom fouls beaches on Florida's Atlantic coast, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to reduce the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee.

Several groups that have been working to help victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting in recent weeks are combining their fundraising efforts.

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Steven Stamkos is staying put in Tampa Bay.

The two-time Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's top goal scorer re-signed with the Lightning for eight years Wednesday, foregoing an opportunity to test free agency.

Since 2014, Florida’s Medicaid program has been run not by the state but through private insurance companies. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune has written about problems with the managed care system and a recent report from Georgetown University surveyed pediatricians to determine how they feel about the system.

Federal Judge Seems Leery Of New Abortion Law

Jun 30, 2016

A federal judge seemed skeptical Wednesday about a sweeping new Florida abortion law being challenged by Planned Parenthood affiliates, who are seeking for the law to be blocked from going into effect on Friday.

Scott Declares Emergency Over Treasure Coast Algae Blooms

Jun 30, 2016

With widespread algae blooms causing beaches to be closed in Martin County, Gov. Rick Scott issued a state of emergency for Martin and St. Lucie counties on Wednesday.

Pulse Documents Reveal Timeline, Questions

Jun 30, 2016

The City of Orlando released hundreds of pages of documents relating to the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 clubgoers. Texts, e-mails and phone records were released Tuesday, including communication from Orlando Police Chief John Mina and Mayor Buddy Dyer’s accounts.

With the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Texas abortion restrictions, attention is turning to Florida where a similar measure is set to take effect Friday.  The law’s backers are confident their legislation will survive a court challenge of its own. 

Federal Judge Approves Medicaid Settlement

Jun 29, 2016

A federal judge has given final approval to a settlement in a decade-long legal fight over care provided to children in Florida's Medicaid program. 

Dems Force Legislative Poll On Post-Pulse Special Session

Jun 29, 2016

Florida Democrats had little trouble rounding up enough members to call for a vote on whether to hold a special session dealing with gun control as a reaction to last month's mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

In the hours and days following the shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, thousands of people around the state lined up to donate blood for the victims.

But gay men who had sex in the past year were prohibited from giving blood because of a federal policy.

The first case of Zika-related microcephaly was confirmed today in a child born in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The child’s mother is from Haiti and had a travel-related case of Zika. She came to Florida to deliver the baby, authorities said.

The department of health is connecting the mother and child with services through its Early Steps program.

“It is heartbreaking to learn that a baby has been born with Zika-related microcephaly in our state and my thoughts and prayers are with the mother and child,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a release.

A program that helps seniors choose a Medicare program and save money on prescription drugs could be going away in Florida and across the country.

Florida abortion providers are breathing sighs of relief following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday striking down a Texas law that would have greatly limited access to legal abortion in that state.

Mario Perez lives in Miami, but he was in Orlando for a housewarming party Saturday, June 11. After the party, the 34-year-old went to Pulse for Latin night.

At 2 a.m., he heard gun shots. Loud. He knew it was real.

AHCA Ordered To Pay Legal Fees To Planned Parenthood

Jun 27, 2016

An administrative law judge on Friday ordered the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to pay attorney's fees to Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Inc., in a legal tussle over abortion.

At issue in the case is a form known as the Induced Termination of Pregnancy, or ITOP, which the state contended showed three clinics had "self-reported" having performed second-trimester abortions they were not licensed to perform.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering the state to spend millions to battle mosquitoes and prepare for the Zika virus.

Florida Keys officials have delayed a referendum on releasing genetically modified mosquitoes to reduce the population of a disease-carrying species.

More Than 100 Charged In Florida In Health Care Fraud

Jun 23, 2016

In what the U.S. Department of Justice described as an "unprecedented nationwide sweep," more than 100 people in Florida have been charged with crimes related to Medicare and Medicaid fraud, the federal agency announced Wednesday. 

When it comes to health care in Florida, it pays to shop around.

The cost of a common MRI can vary by thousands of dollars depending on where you go to get it.

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