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 new conservative group wants to end the death penalty in Florida, citing the expense and the morality of taking another life.

President Donald Trump promised to make health care more affordable but a government report finds that out-of-pocket costs — deductibles and copayments — would average 61 percent higher under the House Republican bill.

And even though the sticker price for premiums would be lower than under the Obama-era law, what consumers actually pay would edge up on average because government financial assistance would be curtailed.

The attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando helped drive up Florida's murder rate in 2016 to its highest level since 2008, according to crime statistics released Wednesday by the state's top law enforcement agency.

Florida is the second worst state in the nation at providing home- and community-based health care options for seniors and the disabled, a new report says.

On a hot, sunny Saturday morning at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library, Kathy and Dani Dahlberg walk up to a white truck holding portable fish tanks that emit a loud hum.

The new homeowners are trying to describe the size of their pond to Hillsborough County Mosquito Control officials.

Of the three medications that treat opioid addiction, one got more attention in the Florida Legislature this year.

Less than six weeks after he helped revive a flagging House Republican health care bill and push it to passage, President Donald Trump now says the measure is "mean" and is asking GOP senators to make it more generous.


Gov. Rick Scott has until Wednesday to act on a bill that would create harsher punishments for opioid possession.

Tampa Bay Trauma Fight Continues To Brew

Jun 14, 2017

Amid a series of legal battles across the state about new trauma centers, an administrative law judge has ruled that Bayfront Health-St. Petersburg and St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa can intervene in a case to try to prevent a rival hospital from opening a trauma center.

Florida pediatricians will be able to test babies for more diseases under a new law signed by Governor Rick Scott.

Florida’s teen birth rates are on a steady decline, according to a national report.

Florida has made significant improvements in providing for its children, a recent study shows.

Provisions in the medical marijuana legislation approved during last week’s special session are raising eyebrows.  The bill contains language seemingly written to favor specific companies.

A gun rights group is declaring victory, after Governor Rick Scott signed a Stand Your Ground-related bill into law last week.

Blue-green algae blooms that devastated Florida's coasts last summer contained as many as 28 types of bacteria, some of which can harm humans.

Judge Ends Legal Battle Over Care For Disabled Children

Jun 13, 2017

With the state pointing to changes it has made, a federal judge Friday dismissed a long-running legal battle about whether Florida's Medicaid program provided proper services to children with severe medical conditions.

`Docs Vs. Glocks’ Battle Ends In Doctors’ Favor

Jun 13, 2017

Six years after Florida lawmakers tried to stop doctors from asking patients about guns, health-care providers have emerged victorious in a legal battle as the state did not appeal a federal-court ruling striking down major parts of the 2011 law.

Officials in Florida are investigating two LA Fitness health clubs after four customers contracted Legionnaires' disease.

Continuing a dropout trend seen in the Obama years, about 16 percent of consumers who signed up for coverage this year through public health insurance markets had canceled their plans by early spring, the government said Monday.

Court: Marijuana Investor Information Is Public

Jun 12, 2017

Information about investors and partners in medical-marijuana businesses is not a trade secret and should be disclosed under Florida's public-records law, an appeals court ruled Friday.

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