State health officials reported three new cases of the Zika virus in Florida, one of them a pregnant woman.

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The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has dropped charges against Planned Parenthood.

Now that the Governor’s signed it, a bill reforming mental health within Florida’s criminal justice system will become law in a few months. Some advocates say it’s been years in the making.

The federal government says non-Medicaid expansion states could be doing more to help people with substance abuse and mental health disorders. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 300,000 uninsured Floridians with such disorders could be treated if Florida expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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Tuesday is Diabetes Alert Day, and Florida health officials are encouraging the public to learn about their risk for the disease.

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The Statewide Human trafficking council welcomed its newest member Monday. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi—who leads the group—introduced the person chosen to replace the former head of the state Department of Health Dr. John Armstrong.

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A genetically engineered mosquito could stop the Zika virus from spreading. 

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Since the 1970s, the hard on crime ethos has fueled the era of mass incarceration. Simultaneously, the country defunded public mental health services. A ballooning criminal justice system came in to fill that vacuum. Now the Florida Legislature is poised to reform the way mental illness is handled in that system.

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.

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State lawmakers continue to butt heads on healthcare reform, specifically where new hospitals can be built. Both chambers want to improve access to healthcare, but they disagree on rules for hospital construction.

Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong could lose his job if he’s not confirmed by the state Senate. A key panel decided Tuesday to postpone Armstrong’s confirmation hearing amid the possibility Armstrong would not be approved.

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The Calhoun-Liberty Hospital is facing a fine of up to $45,000. The fine comes after a state healthcare agency found 10 deficiencies at the hospital following the death of a Blountstown woman in December. The facility is trying to correct those deficiencies to meet its deadline.

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A bill reforming mental health within Florida’s criminal justice system is continuing to move in the House and Senate.

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In the run-up to Tuesday’s meeting, some questioned surrounded whether Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong would be confirmed. Armstrong’s been under fire for decreasing enrollment in the Children's Medical Services program, rising HIV infections and staff cuts in local health departments.  The Senate Health Policy Committee narrowly confirmed him on a 5-to-4 vote.

Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administrations has cited the Calhoun-Liberty County Hospital with 10 deficiencies in an audit following the death of a Blountstown woman.

Leon school and health officials discuss the launch of a new health center at Rickards High School (Feb. 2016)
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The Leon County School District is opening a new health center at Rickards High School. The district has partnered with Neighborhood Medical Center to provide healthcare for Southside families and students.

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.

55-year-old Gendi Li was arrested twice in two weeks for prostitution, and practicing massage without a license.
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A Tallahassee woman has been arrested twice in two weeks for prostitution and practicing massage without a license. The Florida Departments of Health and Law Enforcement have gotten numerous complaints from customers of a local massage parlor where the woman worked.

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Florida lawmakers are seeking a new healthcare option. A direct model could change the way doctors treat their patients.

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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.

Lawmakers pitching very different plans for pregnancy.
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This week marks the forty-third anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.  But lawmakers in the Florida Legislature are busy re-litigating the issue with competing measures aimed at limiting and protecting abortions in the state.

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The Florida Department of Corrections is moving forward with finding new private prison health care providers to run those services in the coming months. That’s after the state’s main prison health care provider recently terminated its contract with the state.

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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. 

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The Florida House of Representatives is moving forward with a long healthcare agenda.  It includes a push for more acute-care facilities, scaling back rules governing where hospitals can be built, and letting some nurses prescribe more medications.

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.