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

A state investigation found a manager for the Florida Department of Health was selling jewelry out of her office and recruiting her employees to take part in the online pyramid scheme, according to a story in the Miami Herald.

Wildlife Officials: Screwworm Infestation Declining In Keys

Mar 7, 2017

Wildlife officials say a screwworm infestation in the Florida Keys seems to be declining, which is good news for a unique deer herd threatened by the flesh-eating parasites.


Sugar Farmers ‘At War’ With Senate President Negron

Mar 7, 2017

Farmers and agricultural businesses south of Lake Okeechobee said Monday that Senate President Joe Negron is at "war" with them in his push for state lawmakers to back a $2.4 billion reservoir project.

House Republicans unveiled their much anticipated health law replacement plan Monday, slashing the law’s Medicaid expansion and scrapping the requirement that individuals purchase coverage or pay a fine. 

The Medicare fraud trial of a prominent South Florida eye doctor tied to a New Jersey senator's alleged corruption is set to begin.


Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg filed a letter of intent with the state to open Pinellas County’s second trauma center.

Justices To Consider ‘Water War’ Report

Mar 6, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court will take the next step March 17 in Florida's lawsuit against Georgia over water use in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system.

Senate Bill Calls For Workers’ Comp Changes

Mar 6, 2017

After two closely watched Florida Supreme Court rulings and a 14.5 percent rate increase for businesses, a key Senate Republican filed a proposal Friday that would revamp the state's workers' compensation insurance system.

The proposal (SB 1582), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, addresses major issues such as attorney fees and rate filings with the state Office of Insurance Regulation.

Michael Phillips is a 36-year-old Tampa resident who enjoys Starbucks coffee, watching movies and hanging out with his friends.

Florida hospice providers are joining a call by nursing homes to preserve the so-called certificate of need process.

Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida members are worried federal and state lawmakers will reduce health care funding for low income Floridians.

The Trump Administration is rolling back a federal rule that protects small waterways like wetlands and creeks. One expert says the move could leave more Florida farmers and conservationists stuck in court battles.

When officials at Nemours Children’ Hospital in Orlando tried to establish a pediatric heart transplant center, they learned how restricting a state law regulating the opening of new health facilities can be.

House Bill Would Revamp Trauma System

Mar 2, 2017

Saying Florida needs more trauma centers to care for injured patients, a House Republican has filed a proposal that would erase limits on the number of trauma facilities across the state.

Welfare Drug Tests Proposed For Drug Offenders

Mar 2, 2017

Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala and his son, Rep. Chris Latvala, proposed measures Wednesday that would require drug tests for public-assistance applicants who have drug-related criminal records.

Democratic lawmakers are calling for a 10-year moratorium on black bear hunting in Florida.

Republicans confronted a conservative rebellion in their own party Tuesday over their long-promised plans to repeal and replace the health care law, and beseeched President Donald Trump to settle the dispute.

Senate Ready To Consider Gun Bills

Mar 1, 2017

Floridians with concealed-weapons licenses would be able to carry firearms into areas now deemed "gun-free" under an array of measures that will be championed by Republican lawmakers during the first legislative session since mass killings at an Orlando nightclub and a Fort Lauderdale airport.

You might think of syphilis as an archaic sexually transmitted disease. But the number of syphilis cases in Southwest Florida has nearly doubled since 2011. Back then, there were about 4,000 cases. Now, there are nearly 8,000.

The mother of a victim of the Pulse Night Club shooting will be watching from the Capitol tonight as President Donald Trump gives an address to a joint session of Congress.

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