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Judge Rules Abortion Waiting Period Unconstitutional

Jan 10, 2018

A 2015 state law requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions was ruled unconstitutional Tuesday by a Leon County circuit judge.

The Trump administration said Tuesday it would not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida, abruptly reversing course under pressure from Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Tony Lima was one of 30 Broward County residents at Tuesday’s commission meeting. The executive director of SAVE, he spoke against conversion therapy for minors – the controversial practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

“We need to be able to as a county send a strong message that we are inclusive, that we are loving, that we are protective of their authentic selves – above all,” Lima said.

As another Florida legislative session boots up in Tallahassee this week, lawmakers are set to take another whack at regulating telehealth.

Fight Brews About Nursing Home Lawsuits

Jan 9, 2018

The deaths of 12 residents at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in September has reignited a legislative battle between the state's trial attorneys and the nursing-home industry over residents' rights to sue long-term care providers.

Generator Issues Continue To Confront State, Industry

Jan 9, 2018

Requiring nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to install generators after the deaths of residents at a Broward County nursing home continues to be an outstanding issue as lawmakers head into the 2018 legislative session.

Weather officials say stricter safety policies have reduced the number of fatal lightning strikes in Florida.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham has paid Republican Gov. Rick Scott's office $1,200 for public records related to 14 nursing home patient deaths after Hurricane Irma.

As part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, law enforcement officials and other stakeholders are coming together to make sure Floridians know what to look for to help combat the modern day slavery practice.

The Trump administration says it plans to open most U.S. waters to offshore oil drilling, and that’s raising bipartisan hackles in Florida.

Democrats are shifting to offense on health care, emboldened by successes in defending the Affordable Care Act. They say their goal is a government guarantee of affordable coverage for all.

The aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the current dialogue about sexual misconduct, the opioid crisis and an election year in which Florida voters will replace Republican Gov. Rick Scott and all three Cabinet members will all play into the dynamics of the Legislature's annual 60-day session.

Florida officials say hackers may have accessed the personal information and medical records of up to 30,000 Medicaid recipients two months ago.

Justices To Hear Asbestos Dispute In March

Jan 8, 2018

In a dispute that has drawn attention from business and trial-lawyer groups, the Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments March 6 in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by a man who said he suffered mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos in cigarette filters and other products.

Senate Bill Would Boost Contraceptive Coverage

Jan 8, 2018

Health-insurance policies would be required to provide coverage for FDA-approved contraceptive drugs without imposing deductibles, coinsurance or co-payment requirements under a bill filed Friday by state Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation.

AHCA Extends Deadline On Database Rule

Jan 5, 2018

The Agency for Health Care Administration agreed Thursday to extend by one week the deadline for health-insurance companies and HMOs to submit comments to the state on a proposed rule for a new all-payers claims database.

Cold temperatures are breaking records in many parts of the country, bringing snow to Northern Florida, and sending a chill down the entire peninsula. And mosquitoes aren't too fond of the winter weather. 

'Certificate Of Need' Repeal Proposed In Senate

Jan 4, 2018

With the House ready to move quickly on the issue, a Senate Republican on Wednesday filed a proposal to repeal the long-controversial “certificate of need” regulatory process for hospitals.

Proposal Would Revamp Trauma Center Law

Jan 4, 2018

A House Republican wants to revamp a law that helps determine where trauma centers can open, including eliminating a cap of 44 trauma centers statewide.

Transparency Eyed To Hold Down Health Costs

Jan 4, 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has often criticized efforts to overhaul health care at the federal level, has contended for years that more needs to be done to lower the cost of what patients — and the government — pay for care.