Health & Science

Health & Science
6:00 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Pharmacists to administer shingles, pnemonia shots under new law

Seniors looking to be vaccinated for pneumonia and shingles can now get those treatments from their local pharmacist. Lynn Hatter reports Governor Rick Scott has approved a plan that enables pharmacies to administer the vaccines with a prescription.

Under the new law, Florida joins 45 other states that already allow pharmacists to administer shots for shingles and/or pneumonia.  Kevin Cate is the spokesman for Pharmacy Choice and Access Now.

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Health & Science
5:47 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Dept of Ag managing new duties as head of school lunch programs

In the past, public school lunchrooms haven’t always been known for serving tasty food that’s also healthy food.  But Tom Flanigan reports there’s a major move in Florida to serve students good-tasting meals that are also good for them.

Springwood Elementary School looks a little bit like a set from the Food Network.  Various yummy menu ingredients are stacked on a table.  Some students are talking about their most and least favorite foods.
  

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Health & Science
5:13 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

State settles lawsuit with Medicaid HMO

The Tampa-based HMO WellCare has agreed to a $137 million payout to settle a lawsuit that accuses the company of committing Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Lynn Hatter reports the settlement marks an agreement involving nine states including Florida, and the federal government.

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Health & Science
5:44 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Proposal for 'Bubble Boy' disease screenings on governor's desk

A state budget item that would allow newborns to get screened for a certain disease is now in Governor Rick Scott’s hands. As Sascha Cordner reports, if Scott does not veto the Health Care Budget item, proponents say it would give babies born without a normal immune system a chance at a normal life.

Twenty-two-month-old Kye Johnson is playing with his mother, Alethea Arthur. He’s your typical infant, getting into things, and playing with toys and a bag of crayons.

“Whoa! Are you okay? [baby laughter] [Hearing a rooster crowing] [Mother Alethea  laughing]”

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Health & Science
5:35 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

State looking for managed care companies for Medicaid

Florida is pushing forward with its plan to shift more than three million Floridians on Medicaid into managed care. The move is part of a state overhaul of the program that provides state and federally subsidized healthcare to low-income people. Lynn Hatter reports the first group to go into the managed care system will be seniors.

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