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

Sometime before the end of this year, the state of Florida will have a new website with health care prices for patients. It's the result of a 2016 law and a five-year, $6.1 million  state contract that was finalized earlier this month.

Evacuations due to wildfires have been lifted in Lee and Collier Counties.  7000 acres burned in Collier at 30th Avenue in Golden Gate Estates that was 50% contained as of Sunday afternoon. Three homes were destroyed.  The cause of that fire is still under investigation.  The News-press reports an arson investigator says a fire in Lehigh Acres, which destroyed 4 homes may have been caused by a cigarette. WGCU’s Quincy Walters spent the weekend keeping up with the changing conditions in Collier.

While other health insurers left the Affordable Care Act’s individual market in the state, Florida Blue is staying put and even turning a profit.

Pension, Health Care Overhauls Advance Through Senate

Apr 25, 2017

A Senate committee on Monday narrowly backed a controversial change in the state pension plan and endorsed an overhaul of the health-insurance program for state employees.

Medical Marijuana Bill Headed To Full House

Apr 25, 2017

A House medical-marijuana plan sponsored by Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues is ready for a floor vote after a key committee approved the proposal (HB 1397) late Monday afternoon.

House Revamps Trauma Care Plan

Apr 25, 2017

A key House committee Monday scaled back a plan that would have eliminated a limit on the number of trauma centers in the state — but the panel sought to ensure that a disputed Jacksonville-area trauma center can keep its doors open.

Should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer-provided health insurance? — could lead to major changes in the social safety net.

Lawmakers returning to Washington this week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall.

Senate President Joe Negron is washing his hands of outgoing Senator Frank Artiles.  

Florida Governor Rick Scott says Republicans should start chipping away at eliminating the Affordable Care Act. He spoke to Fox News after attending a White House bill signing.

It may be hard to pronounce, but medication synchronization is an idea whose time has come, at least according to some Florida lawmakers.

Juvenile Records Bill Ready For House Floor

Apr 21, 2017

Legislation approved Thursday by the House Judiciary Committee would help juveniles expunge their arrest records after they complete diversion programs for misdemeanor offenses.

House Cracking Down On Fentanyl, Drug Trafficking

Apr 21, 2017

As Florida tackles an uptick in opioid overdoses, state lawmakers passed a measure Thursday that seeks to toughen state drug trafficking laws.

The medical marijuana provisions implementing amendment two are trudging ahead in the House and Senate.  But the chambers’ proposals remain very different.

A measure placing gambling warnings on Florida lottery tickets is heading for the House floor.

Bayfront Health is fighting the state over another hospital's request to open a second trauma center in St. Petersburg.  

House Approves ‘Certificate Of Need’ Repeal

Apr 20, 2017

The Florida House on Wednesday easily passed a bill that would eliminate a controversial regulatory process for the approval of new hospitals.

House Targets Workers’ Comp Rates

Apr 20, 2017

Nearly a year after a Florida Supreme Court ruling rocked the state's workers' compensation insurance system, the House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at holding down insurance rates for businesses.

State Could Scrap Auto Insurance Law

Apr 20, 2017

Florida may change the kinds of auto insurance drivers must purchase.


State Says Wildfires Likely To Get Worse

Apr 20, 2017

With the state battling 106 wildfires covering 124,000 acres as of Wednesday, Florida's top forestry official warned the fire season has yet to reach its peak.

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