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A Florida lawmaker is calling on the state to overhaul regulations for nursing homes. The push comes after 14 patients died from overheating due to a power outage at an assisted living facility.

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A new Florida law requiring autism awareness training for law enforcement officers takes effect Sunday.

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Governor Rick Scott does not appear to be backing down from his emergency rule, requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have a generator within the next two months.

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On the heels of nine nursing home deaths due to Hurricane Irma, Florida’s U.S. Senators have filed a bipartisan bill to create a national panel that looks into ways to help seniors during a disaster.

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In preparation for Hurricane Irma, several VA facilities in the North Florida and South Georgia areas will be closed Monday to local veterans.

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The state’s blood donation centers are sending resources to Texas hospitals affected by Harvey, now a tropical depression. OneBlood is asking Florida residents to give now.

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An Okaloosa County man is suing a North Florida hospital over what he calls unreasonable hospital bills. The case comes after North Okaloosa Medical Center charged George Washington MacNeil $41,000 for post-car crash CT scans.

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One in five women report having experienced rape, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Florida State University doctoral candidate Wayne Rivera says that means many people know a sexual assault survivor, whether they realize it not.

"The way I'm defining it at least, which includes friends and partners. Most people tend to know a victim. Maybe they disclose to them or not. But most people will tend to know a victim or survivor," Rivera said.

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Florida has confirmed its first sexually-transmitted case of the Zika virus of this year. That comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are changing their recommendations for testing pregnant women for the disease. The new guidance means more patients may go without screening.

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While the public is normally urged to “thank a Veteran” they meet, the head of Florida’s Department of Veterans' Affairs also wants people to ask a state vet about their earned federal and state health benefits.

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North Florida’s Franklin County has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the state. Between 2013 and 2015, there were 28 births per thousand girls between 15 to 17 years old. Jocelyn Beever reports the figures remain high even as overall teen births have dropped in recent years.

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Tuesday marks the start of World Breastfeeding Week, and a number of Panhandle county health departments are marking the week with several events.

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Okaloosa County Health Department received a national award for best practices in working to prevent HIV infections.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are updating their guidance for pregnant women regarding the Zika virus. The new information means asymptomatic pregnant women don't have to get the commonly used IgM test. The announcement comes as public health officials are increasingly worried about the risk of false positives. 

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Some Springfield residents are under a precautionary boil water notice, due to a water main break at Russell Lane in Bay County.

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A new Florida task force met for the first time this week to start looking into transportation issues people with developmental and intellectual disabilities face on a daily basis. The Task Force on Transportation Disadvantaged Services was created as part of a new law that just took effect.

Federal funding that provides insurance for nearly 340,000 Florida kids will expire in September unless Congress acts. It’s called the  Children’s Health Insurance Program and it supports kids who don’t qualify for Medicaid.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law that supporters say will help in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.

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With all this rainy weather this month, Leon County health officials are encouraging area residents to watch out for mosquitoes.

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Florida pediatricians will be able to test babies for more diseases under a new law signed by Governor Rick Scott.

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Florida’s teen birth rates are on a steady decline, according to a national report.

Universities around the state of Florida are reviewing their budget for the next year and mental health services remain a priority.

Florida’s Medicaid plan is wrapped up in a lawsuit alleging the state doesn’t provide adequate dental and medical care for children. Regan McCarthy reports experts say that’s because Florida’s physician reimbursement rates are so low.

The fate of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law is now up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices are beginning to weigh the merits of an historic three days’ worth of testimony for and against the Affordable Care Act. Lynn Hatter reports Florida had a front-row seat to the proceedings, as the state led 25-others in challenging the law.

After more than two years, dozens of lower-court hearings and legal wrangling, the Florida-led challenge to the federal healthcare overhaul has reached its final destination: The U.S. Supreme Court:

The U.S. Supreme Court has concluded its third and final day of arguments in the Florida-led challenge to the federal healthcare overhaul law. Lynn Hatter reports the court took up the issue of whether the law can survive without the central requirement that most Americans carry insurance, and whether the expansion of the Medicaid program is coercive.

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