Capital Report: 09-22-2017

Sep 22, 2017

The latest attempt by Congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could be in trouble now that Arizona Senator John McCain has voiced his opposition publically. Lynn Hatter reports the move comes a day after the Kaiser Family Foundation released an analysis showing Florida’s Medicaid program, which supports low income residents, could lose nearly 10-billion dollars over six years if the measure were to gain passage.  Lynne spoke with the foundation’s Policy Analyst Dr. Diane Rowland.

Florida Public Radio’s Lynn Hatter speaking with Dr. Diane Rowland, health policy analyst from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Many Floridians have jobs, but still don’t have enough money to pay for health insurance.  They often wind up with only one option for primary care, the state’s free and charitable clinics.  Health News Florida Editor Julio Ochoa talked with some of those patients.

Following the death of 10 seniors living in a Hollywood nursing facility, officials have put an emergency rule in place, requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to install generators that will keep the facilities cool for at least 96 hours in the event of power loss. But the rule also requires they get it done within 60 days. Regan McCarthy reports, while facility operators are generally supportive of the move, they caution they’re not likely to make the deadline.

From Governor Rick Scott to legislative leaders, Hurricane Irma is forcing Florida’s top elected officials to wade into the politics of disaster.  As Jim Ash reports, it can be risky territory.

Hurricane Irma hung over an annual gathering of state and industry officials discussing water policy.  Nick Evans reports.

Hurricane Irma forced hundreds of thousands of Floridians from their homes, including residents at military bases. Key West and Jacksonville saw some of the worst effects of the storm, and are also home to major military installations. But Kate Payne reports the bases are returning to normal.