Health & Science

Health & Science
6:10 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Workers Comp re-package bill clears 7-4

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would limit the price doctors can charge workers compensation patients for re-packaged medicine. Regan McCarthy reports the bill passed both chambers once before only to be vetoed by then Governor Charlie Crist in 2010.

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Health & Science
6:06 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Smoking ban puffs ahead

About 25-hundred Floridians die from secondhand smoke each year, and a bill to further cut down on that is moving forward in the Florida Legislature. As Sascha Cordner reports, one Florida lawmaker is trying give local governments more room to further ban outdoor smoking on their properties, but some lawmakers worry about the unintended consequences of the proposal.

Republican Senator Alan Hays of Umatilla says if cities and counties want to ban smoking in AND around their buildings, they ought to have that right:

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Health & Science
6:00 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Feds reject Fla's request to waive healthcare overhaul law rules

Tallahassee, FL – As part of the federal healthcare overhaul law, health insurance companies are required to spend at least 80 cents of every premium dollar on direct patient care - if a company spends less, it's required to refund the money to beneficiaries. Florida wanted to phase in a lower rate, known as the medical loss ratio. But as Lynn Hatter reports, the federal government has turned down the state's request to bend the new rules.

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Health & Science
4:32 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Hospitals, doctors set up competing electronic medical record system

Tallahassee FL – Florida's electronic medical record system is getting a competitor. Lynn Hatter reports a group of doctors and hospital officials has unveiled its version of a program for transporting records that will directly compete with one set up by the state.

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Environment
5:12 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Florida's alternative water rules clear another hurdle

Tallahassee, FL – Florida has taken the next step needed to create its own set of water quality standards. The state has obtained special permission to create its own rules rather than following those set out by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. But Regan McCarthy reports there are quite a few steps left to be taken before the standards will officially become state rule.

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