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Healthy State tells the stories you need to know to stay well, with a special focus on Florida.We'll bring you the latest fitness trends, new research on preventing and treating disease, and information about how health policy impacts your pocketbook.We report on health using all the tools at our disposal -- video, audio, photos and text -- to bring these stories to life.Healthy State is a project of WUSF Public Media in Tampa and is heard on public radio stations throughout Florida. It also is available online at wusfnews.org.

Florida Matters: 2016 Legislative Preview

The 2016 Florida Legislative session starts Jan. 12, and this week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 a.m.), we are previewing some of the bills lawmakers are proposing.

Among the issues expected to come up this session:

  • A proposal to once again make the education commissioner an elected position
  • The impact of prescription drugs on the state’s Medicaid budget
  • Changes to health insurance for state workers
  • Mandating recess, recruitment tools for teachers and changes to the Florida High School Athletic Association
  • Spending of Amendment 1 funds
  • Continued attempts to regulate telemedicine
  • Protections for insured patients who got surprise health-care bills