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

State Wants To Keep Feds Out Of Prison Disability Case

Jan 31, 2017

The Florida Department of Corrections has asked a judge to block the U.S. Department of Justice from intervening in a year-old lawsuit alleging that the state's prison system has violated the rights of inmates with disabilities.

No Fries: State Wants Students To Cook Healthy Dishes

Jan 30, 2017

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is looking for the state's best student chef.


Florida's public universities are being swamped by college students who need counseling.


Seven pelicans returned to the waters north of downtown St. Petersburg after recovering from an illness that killed about 60 birds in the same rookery.

The cause of the illness remains a mystery.

Florida is on the cusp of joining nearly every other death penalty state in requiring a unanimous jury sentence.

A bill to build water storage reservoirs south of Lake Okeechobee was introduced in Florida’s legislature on Thursday, formalizing a controversial plan by Senate President Joe Negron.

Insurer Aetna was making a profit selling health insurance under the Affordable Care Act when it exited Florida.

Senator Wants To Boost Pollution Notification

Jan 27, 2017

After an uproar about two high-profile pollution incidents, a key Senate Republican filed a proposal Thursday aimed at better notifying the public when pollution occurs.

Supreme Court Backs Allstate On ‘PIP' Medical Fees

Jan 27, 2017

In a defeat for medical providers, a divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Allstate Insurance Company in a dispute about fees paid to care for auto-accident victims.

Wildlife officials have fitted 30 female Key deer with radio tracking collars amid a screwworm infestation threatening the endangered herd.


Wildlife officials say 520 manatees died in Florida last year, including a record 104 killed by boat strikes.

One of the most contentious elements in Florida’s medical cannabis industry is who gets to grow and sell the drug.  Lawmakers approved a limited number of companies to ensure security, but now some see the state’s seven growers as a cartel.

Sunscreen is more effective than an umbrella at preventing sunburns – but may not be enough to completely prevent sunburns.


Hospitals Challenge State On Outpatient Rates

Jan 26, 2017

Dozens of hospitals across Florida have filed legal challenges against the state in a dispute about payments for outpatient care in the Medicaid program.

Solutions Sought To Stem Opioid Overdoses

Jan 26, 2017

More than a dozen state lawmakers joined law-enforcement officers and health experts Wednesday at the Capitol to discuss a growing crisis of people dying from opioid overdoses.

When children and teenagers survive gun violence it can have an impact on their mental health.

In a series that started this week, Health News Florida partner station WLRN is exploring what the trauma of shootings can do to the mental health of children and families.

People are still signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act despite its uncertain future.

During an enrollment event at the University of South Florida Tuesday,  people said they were worried about losing their health care.

Scott Wants To Revamp Health Care Facility Rules

Jan 25, 2017

Amid a new wave of legal battles about hospital projects, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday called for eliminating key regulations about building health-care facilities and opening trauma centers.

Senator Plans To Break Up Major Gun Bill

Jan 25, 2017

The author of a controversial proposal that would broadly expand how and where people can carry guns said Tuesday he is breaking up the measure.

Trump Expands Anti-Abortion Ban To All U.S. Global Health Aid

Jan 25, 2017

President Donald Trump has massively expanded the ban on providing federal money to international family planning groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information to all organizations receiving U.S. global health assistance.

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