Health & Science

Health & Science
6:38 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

County health departments face legislative overhaul

A bill that would shift public-health responsibilities from the Florida Department of Health to the state’s 67 counties is moving through the Florida House. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, opponents believe the public’s health should stay right where it is.

Republican Representative Matt Hudson, the bill’s sponsor, says right now, the county health departments have two bosses, the state’s surgeon general and the county commissioners. He says the locals are better equipped to address the needs of their community:

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Health & Science
6:06 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Democrats push back against Medicaid service cuts

Florida Democrats are voicing their displeasure with several budget cutting proposals under consideration before the full chamber. Republicans have a veto-proof majority in the legislature, but as Lynn Hatter reports, that didn’t stop the minority party from launching a series of criticisms --thinly disguised as questions— to try and poke holes in the Houses healthcare budget plans.

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Health & Science
5:53 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Ring pushes for infant heart disease screenings

Lawmakers say requiring hospitals to perform a simple test could save the lives of hundreds of newborns in the state. Regan McCarthy reports legislators are considering a bill to require hospitals to test all new babies for congenital heart disease.

Senator Jeremy Ring says the U.S. Department of Health and Human services reports congenital heart disease is the number one killer of babies born with birth defects, but he says about half the cases go undiagnosed.

“It’s amazing to me that we have 34 protocols and one of them to test is not congenital heart condition.”

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Health & Science
4:45 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Bill would make state employee healthcare more like private sector coverage

Last year, Florida lawmakers didn’t approve a bill giving all state workers the same contribution for their health coverage.  But Tom Flanigan reports that bill may be more successful this year.

Governor Rick Scott had pushed the idea almost from the moment he took office.  All State of Florida employees would get five thousand dollars a year to help them buy health insurance, whether individual or family coverage.   That concept resurfaced in the House Health and Human Services Committee, chaired by Robert Schenck, Republican of Spring Hill.  

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Health & Science
6:05 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Child Porn crackdown heads to House floor

A bill aiming to crackdown on child pornographers is now heading to the House floor. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, there was much debate at its last committee stop that even surprised the bill’s sponsor.

Video voyeurism is the practice of spying on someone engaged in a number of things ranging from undressing to sexual activity.

Republican Representative Eric Eisnaugle of Orlando says his bill would crack down on the activity.

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