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Americans are divided on lots of issues. But a new national survey finds that people across the political spectrum agree on at least one thing: Our health care system needs fixing.

The "Hidden Common Ground" survey from Public Agenda, USA Today and Ipsos found that 92% of Americans say changes are needed.

And a majority of Americans want "either major changes or a complete overhaul of the system," says Chris Jackson, vice president of market research firm Ipsos.

Sending a signal that health care spending could be targeted for reductions next year, a House health panel is going to identify up to $624 million for possible “reprioritization.” 

2019 Florida Child Well-Being Index
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Community coalitions and government programs that help parents improve their well-being are seeing those improvements passed on to children.

That’s according to the 2019 Florida Child Well-Being Index, which was released Wednesday by Florida Kids Count.

Florida ranked 40th in health well-being of children, according to the 2019 Kids Count profile.
Florida Kids Count

The well-being of Florida’s children is getting worse, according to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Despite improvements in education and economic well-being, the report shows that there are other indicators where Florida declined, leading the state’s overall ranking to sink to 37th in the country. This is down from 34th a year earlier.

Centene To Buy Tampa-Based WellCare For $15B

Mar 27, 2019

Centene is spending more than $15 billion on rival WellCare to dive deeper into government-funded health coverage in the same week that President Donald Trump's administration renewed its attack on the Affordable Care Act. 

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum's meeting in Tampa Sunday night turned into more of a brawl than a debate.

Dissenters Protest DeSantis Over ACA Stance

Oct 1, 2018

Parents of children with pre-existing conditions protested outside a gubernatorial candidate’s campaign stop in Central Florida this weekend. Sophia Cauley was among them.

She held a sign that read “DeSantis Care is a Disaster” outside the Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis’ rally at Iglesia Nacion de Fe in Kissimmee on Saturday.

The day had special significance for her because: “I have a daughter Fiona Carter who five years ago today passed away from sickle cell anemia due to not being able to get healthcare,” Cauley said.

Polk County added a new name to their healthcare provider network this week. A new contract with Impower will bring behavioral and mental health services to uninsured residents through a telehealth program.

The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is now in the U.S. Senate. The legislation cuts state funding for the medical care of low-income people. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL, said he doesn’t support the proposal.

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.

In January, part-time workers who have so-called mini-med health insurance plans with very limited benefits and annual caps on payments will begin to lose that coverage.

Under the health care overhaul, they can't be renewed after the beginning of the year. For some, that may be just as well. Part-timers likely will have better options in January.

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“It's the best of healthcare from a futuristic, entrepreneurial and academic point of view.”

That’s how USF Health CEO Dr. Stephen Klasko describes an agreement between his organization and Florida Hospital—an arrangement that puts university medical research into practice in Florida Hospital locations around the Bay area.

The partnership, which was formally announced Monday, will see Florida Hospital invest about 14 million dollars to expand four specialty areas in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.