For the past two years, Florida’s top state lawmakers have opposed expanding the Medicaid program for low-income people under the federal health law. The state has rejected more than $51 billion under the federal Affordable Care Act to increase income eligibility limits and add more people to the rolls. Now one of the state’s most powerful physician groups, the Florida Medical Association is backing a Medicaid Expansion, but it may not be enough to change state lawmakers' anti-ACA stance.
Two federal appeals courts have issued contradictory rulings that could affect how much Floridians pay for their federally subsidized health insurance. The future of the Affordable Care Act is in question once again, and experts are split on what could happen.
Florida State University law Professor Franita Tolson believes the issue of whether the federal government can subsidize health plans offered on the exchange it created will eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates as much as 1.8 million pounds of tainted ground beef made its way through the national food supply chain earlier this month. Health officials warn consumers in at least 10 states, including Florida, could be at risk of e coli infection.
The first case of illness was reported back on May 8th, but the complaint didn’t make its way to the Centers for Disease Control until earlier this week. Officials now believe the outbreak originated from Wolverine Packing – a Michigan-based meat packing plant.
The second confirmed U.S. case of a deadly virus that has already sickened hundreds of people in the Middle East has been found in Florida.
Earlier this month, a man who traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana was diagnosed with the first case of MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Now, health officials say they’ve found a second case in a man who took multiple flights from Saudi Arabia to Orlando.