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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

President Donald Trump has declared a nationwide public health emergency for the opioid crisis.  But the immediate impact in Florida will be minimal.

State Zika Cases Reach 200 In 2017

Oct 30, 2017

Florida has had 200 cases of the Zika virus in 2017, with most stemming from people who contracted the disease elsewhere and brought it into the state, according to information posted on the Florida Department of Health website.

Judge Rejects Emergency Generator Rules

Oct 30, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday vowed to immediately appeal an administrative-court order invalidating a pair of emergency rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators and enough fuel to cool buildings for 96 hours.

Challenge Could Delay Marijuana ID Outsourcing

Oct 30, 2017

In a move that will almost certainly rankle already-perturbed lawmakers, a rejected vendor intends to challenge state health officials' hiring of a competitor to process medical-marijuana identification cards.

A state prosecutor is seeking the death penalty after losing a legal battle with the governor over her previous blanket policy against executions.

Doctors Can Have Say On Managed Care Plans

Oct 27, 2017

State Medicaid officials are soliciting physicians to share their experiences with Medicaid managed-care plans by Nov. 20.

Decision Delayed On KidCare Premiums

Oct 27, 2017

Members of a children's health-insurance panel said Thursday they wanted to help families in 48 counties who couldn't afford insurance premiums maintain coverage but delayed a vote on a plan until the panel receives details about how it would work and potential costs.

Emails Lead To Data Breach At Healthy Kids

Oct 27, 2017

As many as 2,000 people who rely on children's health-insurance programs may have had their personal data stolen.

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, begins in less than a week.

Amid an ongoing lawsuit, the Florida Department of Corrections is now asking the legislature for more than $19 million in funding to treat inmates with the Hepatitis C virus.

Ninety-four percent of Floridians live in areas experiencing more extreme heat days a year, according to a new study published Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.  


Health Centers Weigh Funding Changes

Oct 26, 2017

Florida health care officials are offering $50 million to federally qualified health centers to help offset the costs of care they will provide to poor residents in the coming year.

$5 Million A Year Proposed For Health Care Generators

Oct 26, 2017

A House Democrat on Wednesday proposed offering $5 million a year in matching grants to help health-care facilities add backup power systems.

Florida is paying nearly $437,000 to cover the fees of attorneys who sued Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

`Courthouse Carry' Proposal Filed In House

Oct 24, 2017

A measure that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to store firearms with security officers at courthouses was filed Monday in the House for the 2018 legislative session.

Justices Stay Out Of Medical Records Fee Fight

Oct 24, 2017

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday declined to wade into a battle about how much patients should be charged for copies of medical records.

Senate Bill Seeks To Rein In Prescription Painkillers

Oct 24, 2017

A Senate Republican has filed a sweeping measure aimed at keeping patients from getting hooked on prescription painkillers.

This month, the Florida Department of Health is placing emphasis on the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.

After spiking last year, worker’s compensation rates in Florida are set to decline.  But some labor organizations contend the decrease doesn’t go far enough.

Survey teams this week completed an assessment of the condition of the Keys reef tract, from Biscayne Bay to Key West.

"It's very much like what's observable on land," said Sarah Fangman, superintendent of the 2,900-square-nautical-mile Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. "In some places, the impacts are pretty dramatic and visible and in other places they are much less. So we're finding the same is true underwater."

Even in the same location, the hurricane's impacts differ.

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