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Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has co-signed a letter asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to send more support to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Health-care funding was already tight before the storms, particularly in financially unstable Puerto Rico, where nearly half the population is covered by Medicaid.

A public health emergency was declared for Florida on Thursday ahead of Hurricane Irma.

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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor are asking the federal government to step in after thousands of kids were kicked off a state Medicaid program. The two Democrats sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price earlier this week.


The federal government is giving the state $3 million for drug court programs in the wake of an opioid epidemic.

Patients looking for more transparency in health care costs won’t usually find it on the bill from their medical provider.

Adventist Health System will pay more than $2 million dollars to settle allegations it used leftover chemotherapy drugs.

$5M Awarded To 10 FL Health Centers

May 6, 2015

Federal health officials have awarded more than $5 million in grants to 10 health centers in Florida to serve newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act.

The grants are expected to serve about 46,000 patients, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The “Access Point” grants are going to:

Banyan Community Health Center, Inc.                 Miami                   $703,602

GI Bill Marches On, Unopposed

Oct 25, 2013

A proposal that envisions Florida creating a state version of the post-World War II GI Bill sped through the House on the opening day of the annual legislative session.

The Florida GI Bill (HB 7015), a priority of House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz, was approved unanimously Tuesday in the House. The issue now will move to the Senate, where it also is expected pass easily.

Moffitt Outreach Worker Honored at White House

Sep 10, 2013

A community outreach worker from Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center was honored this morning as a  "Champion of Change" by the Obama Administration.