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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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Florida State University graduate assistants are negotiating for more generous benefits. The effort comes after the administration cut healthcare coverage for the children and spouses of grad assistants. 

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The solo practice family doctor is becoming less and less common. But a local primary care group is surviving the test of time, and celebrating twenty years of service. WFSU sat down with some of the doctors there to find out how healthcare has changed in the past two decades.

Florida State University medical students are heading out into rural Florida for an up-close look at the challenges and opportunities in healthcare in underserved areas.

Several healthcare proposals are on the way to the Senate after overwhelming support by the Florida House.  Efforts to crack down on balance billing, promote price transparency, and increase the use of Telehealth are up in the final weeks of the legislative session.

The Florida legislature is working to answer a big question—how to absorb a $400 million hit to its healthcare budget. Lawmakers rolled out a plan Thursday to account for a shrinking pool of federal healthcare dollars.

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The Florida Legislature is moving forward with a bill that could restrict abortion access. But similar measures have been struck down in other states.

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Healthcare costs remain front of mind for the state Legislature, and a new House panel is looking for ways to reduce how much Floridians spend.

The only thing Florida lawmakers must get done during the legislative session is pass a balanced budget. But it’s tricky ironing out all the numbers. And  a big part of laying out a budget is determining how much to spend when it comes to healthcare.

Senate President Andy Gardiner talks to reporters.
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Florida lawmakers want to curb rising costs in healthcare. But they’re at odds over how to do that. Several plans have been put forth to improve patient access, but it’s not certain whether they’ll do much to help the bigger issue of cost.

Florida lawmakers are bracing for budget holes despite figures showing the state could end up with another year of surplus. Alternative healthcare proposals making their way through the Florida legislature as lawmakers look for ways to cut health costs without accepting billions in federal dollars to expand Medicaid.

Florida lawmakers are bracing for budget holes despite figures showing the state could end up with another year of surplus.  The cost driver: healthcare.

Healthcare concerns, more specifically cost problems—are starting to take over conversations at the capital.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says Medicaid and the Low Income Pool funds should be separated.
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Governor Rick Scott is going to Washington D.C. to lobby for the renewal of federal funds that reimburse hospitals for uncompensated care. But at the same time, he’s suing the federal government over the same program.

Capital Report: 12-05-2014

Dec 5, 2014

Florida recently received rulings in two cases the state’s governor had heavily supported. Both the cases reaffirm rulings against the state, but Regan McCarthy reports some doubt the findings will keep Governor Rick Scott from pushing both the cases forward.

Capital Report: 03-31-2014

Mar 31, 2014

Florida lawmakers will again be taking up some gun-related bills this week, either in committee or on the floor.  One of these is the so-called “Warning Shot Bill”.  Another would allow people to carry firearms without permits during times of declared emergency.  Sascha Cordner brings us up to speed on another, somewhat less heated measure, which has been dubbed the “Pop Tart Bill.”

House Democratic Leaders
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On Thursday, Florida Democratic House leaders announced policy priorities they say they won’t let go of without a fight this session: increasing education funding, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and getting more Floridians health insurance. But Democrats likely face an uphill battle with almost twice their number of Republicans in the Legislature.

House Minority Leader Perry Thurston says Democrats want the education funding to include a new need-based component to the state’s Bright Futures college scholarship program.

The nation’s health care delivery system is undergoing major changes, and the lines between what different healthcare providers do is beginning to blur. That’s the backdrop for fights between doctors, nurses and pharmacists, and those fights have become an annual occurrence at Florida’s Capitol, as each group tries to increase or maintain its scope-of-practice.

To put it plainly, these are turf battles. At the center is this debate: access, versus quality. 

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Florida lawmakers are grappling with the issue of telemedicine.

Telemedicine allows doctors to digitally connect to their patients—usually through video conferencing. Florida is looking to Georgia as a guide in how to craft its telemedicine policy. Paula Guy heads The Georgia Telemedicine network, TeleHealth. She says physicians must support telemedicine for it to work, and the best way to ensure that is by paying them:

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The federal Health Resources and Services Administration says at least 55 million people around the country live in areas that lack an adequate supply of primary care doctors. Now, some Florida lawmakers are looking to remedy that by expanding what Nurse Practitioners are allowed to do.

Federal healthcare "Navigators" meant to help low-income people sign up for health insurance have been barred from Florida’s county health departments. Health reform advocates are blasting the state for hindering access to coverage with the Navigator program scheduled to begin in two weeks.

Deal Reached Between Grad Students And FSU

Sep 6, 2013

Florida State University graduate students will see their healthcare subsidies increase this year after an almost 5-month long mediation with university officials.

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Some graduate students at Florida State University say they’re being exploited because the university’s healthcare coverage for teaching and research assistants fails to adequately cover their costs. The group has been in negotiations with FSU since May over just how much their healthcare stipend should be.

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Months after reversing his position on expanding Medicaid coverage in Florida, Gov. Scott and other members of the Florida Cabinet say they aren’t sure giving personal information to insurance navigators is a safe bet. This week, Scott even accused the federal government of using a person’s sensitive information to populate a national database.

“We cannot stop the president’s plan to create a new federal database that compiles person information on Floridians and all U.S. citizens who enter the federal healthcare exchanges,” Scott said during a cabinet meeting Tuesday in Miami.

411 Teen: Bond Health

Jan 24, 2013

Join host Dr. Liz Holifield for "411 Teen", a locally produced program created with teen input for a teenage audience.  Guests this week discuss the history and services of the Bond Community Health Center.

Capital Report: Election Reform Talks Heats Up

Jan 22, 2013

State employees will have to keep paying three percent of their salaries their own retirement accounts. Regan McCarthy reports an effort to stop the payments has been quashed by a Florida Supreme Court ruling, finding the law requiring the payments, to be constitutionally sound.

In the battle over how Florida runs its elections, Republicans and Democrats have largely been on opposite sides. But, as Jessica Palombo reports, lawmakers say, everyone’s getting on the same page as the Governor releases his ideas for election reform this [last] week.