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Gov. DeSantis' Budget Vetoes A 'Big Hit' To Florida's Health Care System

Jun 30, 2020
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking during a news conference
WFSU

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed more than $140.5 million in health care spending from the state’s new budget Monday as he brought the spending plan in line with reduced revenues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here Are 10 Big Issues From The 2020 Florida Legislative Session

Mar 21, 2020
NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

Florida lawmakers finished the 2020 legislative session Thursday by passing a $93.2 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Voters across the country say health care is one of their top issues going into this year's election.

It ranks as the top issue for Democrats and independents and just below the economy for Republicans, polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation has found.

House Speaker Says Health Care Remains ‘Focus’

Jan 8, 2020

House Speaker Jose Oliva said Tuesday that health care continues to be his top priority for the upcoming legislative session after he pushed through a series of changes last year. 

DeSantis Draws Praise From Trump On Prescription Drug Effort

Oct 4, 2019

President Donald Trump on Thursday swung through The Villages -- friendly territory amid an impeachment inquiry -- to announce health-care plans and, in the process, give Gov. Ron DeSantis a political boost.

Laser Spine Institute Shuts Down, Lays Off 500 Nationwide

Mar 4, 2019

A Tampa-based medical institute has closed its doors abruptly, laying off more than 500 employees nationwide. 

He may not have campaigned heavily on health care, but incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis is promising to make it a priority now.

House Speaker: Florida Health Care 'Behind The Curve'

Nov 26, 2018

Have no doubt: new House Speaker Jose Oliva wants to expand access to health care by expanding the scope of practice for Florida nurses.

Florida is not doing enough to prevent cancer, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society’s political-action committee.

In the not-too-distant future, your health insurance, your prescription drugs and some of your treatment may come from the same company.

FL Nursing Forecast: 50,000 Short

Jul 22, 2014
workingnurse.com

Based on current trends, Florida will be short by more than 50,000 registered nurses by the year 2025, a nursing expert warned a committee of the State University System's Board of Governors on Monday. 

While the number of nurse training programs in the state has doubled in the past four years, most of the students are emerging as licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses with just a two-year or associate's degree from college.

Governor Rick Scott has announced that Florida will not participate in Medicaid expansion on the state level, but Hillsborough County may have a backup plan.

They already have a free health care program for poor residents, established 20 years ago. It's paid for with a half cent sales tax.