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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

The Food and Drug Administration last month sent criminal investigation agents with search warrants into nine storefronts across Central Florida that help customers order drugs from pharmacies in Canada and overseas at big discounts.

In a new report, Florida gets a middle of the pack ranking overall for mental health when compared to other states and Washington D.C.. But when it comes to access to medical professionals, Florida ranks near the bottom.

Just under three months ago, Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration took nursing home inspections off its website, according to the Miami Herald.

Letters Rachet Up Nursing Home Regulatory Fight

Nov 20, 2017

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has consistently bemoaned unnecessary regulations on businesses, is escalating a legal and regulatory feud with the state's long-term care industry.

Judge Rips State Prisons Over Hepatitis Care

Nov 20, 2017

In a scathing ruling issued Friday, a federal judge found that Florida corrections officials have a “long and sordid history” of failing to treat inmates infected with the Hepatitis C virus and ordered the state to immediately come up with a plan to properly provide care.

Group Sues Over Access To Veterans Nursing Home

Nov 20, 2017

A disability-rights organization has filed a federal lawsuit against the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, contending the group was improperly prevented from having access to a state veterans nursing home.

FPL, Broward Battle Nursing Home Subpoenas

Nov 17, 2017

Arguing they should not have to turn over documents, Florida Power & Light and Broward County have been battling subpoenas from a Hollywood nursing home where residents died after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air-conditioning system.

Obamacare enrollment is off to a strong start in Florida and around the nation, according to national data and those who help people sign up for health insurance.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health advisory this week regarding the use of Kratom - an herb that some people use to treat pain, stress, anxiety, and even opioid withdrawal.

Jacksonville has the highest rate of fentanyl-related deaths in the state, according to an annual Florida Department of Law Enforcement report.

It’s been over two months since Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, but Floridians are still dealing with mold and many are just now discovering they have it.

State Pitches Revamped Nursing Home Requirements

Nov 16, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott's administration is proposing a new, permanent pair of emergency power rules for nursing homes and assisted living facilities that differ from controversial emergency rules unveiled in September, but long-term care providers still have concerns.

Report Shows 'Staggering' Drug Deaths In Florida

Nov 16, 2017

A highly anticipated report from Florida's medical examiners shows dramatic increases in all types of drug-related deaths, including a 97 percent increase in deaths caused by the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Let’s say you have health insurance through your employer and live in one of 21 states with laws protecting consumers against surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers.

Should one of those unwanted bills land in your mailbox, you can turn to your state law and regulators for help, right?

Not necessarily.

Dr. Ronald Cirillo and his assistant at the Turning Points free clinic in Bradenton are testing another patient for hepatitis C.

House Starts Moving Again On 'Direct Primary Care'

Nov 15, 2017

A House health care panel on Tuesday approved a bill backing “direct primary care” contracts that would allow physicians to bill patients and collect payments in advance of providing care without having to obtain an insurance license.

Lawmakers Look At Boosting Information For Patients

Nov 15, 2017

Would-be patients would have the benefit of knowing whether health care providers working at hospitals and outpatient surgery centers go to their own facilities to seek treatment, under a bill that has been fast-tracked in the Florida House.

By Erik Christensen - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8412023

Dentists graduate with a lot of student loan debt. That means it's hard for them to set up in rural areas where people might not have much money -- or health insurance.

Florida's state-run pension plan is going to sue a pharmaceutical company over millions in losses that top officials contend were due to fraud.

Nursing Homes Seek State Money For Generators

Nov 14, 2017

Florida's largest nursing-home association has one question as the 2018 legislative session approaches: Will the state help foot the costs of generators at nursing homes?

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