Health & Science

Indiana health officials talk Medicaid expansion via video conferencing.
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With a potential $1 billion budget hole looming, the Florida Senate is starting to consider whether and how to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid. There are at least two proposed bills floating around the chamber, and lawmakers are also raising the possibility of resurrecting the original plan, dubbed NegronCare.

A Healthy Fla. Works is shopping a bill toward Medicaid expansion

The Florida Senate is getting ready to debate expanding Medicaid in Florida. The issue has been a major contention point between the House and Senate for the past three years.

  No matter which side of the political fence you’re on, health coverage is a big deal. Millions of Floridians aren’t able to afford even the most basic procedures, medications and treatments they need to stay healthy. The prospects for bringing coverage aren’t anything to sneeze at, either.

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A bi-partisan group of Florida lawmakers in the House and Senate say they’re feeling good about the chances for telemedicine in the state. More and more physicians  are using video conferencing to see patients remotely, and lawmakers and healthcare providers say it’s time the state caught up to the technology.

Lance McCord

Measles cases are rising across the United States. The state health department is working with other officials to monitor people who may have been exposed to the virus.

Officials have identified four cases of measles in the past two weeks. The cases were in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and none come from state residents. The Florida Department of Health is now reaching out to people who may have come in contact with infected visitors.  Tom Truman, a pediatric physician at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital says measles is one of the most contagious diseases.