Health

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell
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Federal health officials are making their final push to get more people signed up for subsidized health insurance.  So far more than 8.6 million new and returning consumers have applied for health insurance on federal exchanges.

Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health is floating a “compromise” on how it determines eligibility for the Children’s Medical Services Program. CMS is designed for low-income kids with chronic and serious medical conditions.

corizonhealth.com

As a private prison health provider’s contract with the state draws to an end, some wonder how Corizon’s cancellation of the contract will impact Florida inmates as well as employees.

Florida Channel

A plan to revamp mental health care in Florida’s criminal justice system passed its first House panel Wednesday.

corizonhealth.com

Some are hailing a decision by the main private provider charged with the health care of Florida’s inmates to terminate its contract with the state.

MGN Online

Florida lawmakers are slated to take up a measure Wednesday reforming mental health care within the state’s criminal justice system.

Florida Senate

Florida lawmakers want to reform the way the state deals with substance abuse and mental health issues. One legislator hopes her recent appointment to an advisory council will help with that effort.

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A new bill would allow physician assistants and nurses with advanced training to write prescriptions.

MGN Online

A statewide two-day summit in Tampa to combat human trafficking is now over. And, while stakeholders agree Florida has come a long way in making people more aware of the issue, they say there’s still much work to do to address the practice.

Senate President Andy Gardiner talks to reporters.
The Florida Channel

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.

FloridaHealth.gov

After a statewide meeting, panels tasked with reviewing deaths by child abuse have a few new ideas. But, some say there’s still more work to do to get everyone on the same page.

taxcredits.net

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.

Healthcarelist.com

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.

The State Department of Health is highlighting the importance of breast cancer prevention. Tallahassee healthcare providers hosted the seventh annual pink celebration to raise awareness. Healthcare workers were on hand to provide screenings and information.

A neon sign reading medical with a marijuana leaf beneath it.
Chuck Coker via Flickr

Florida lawmakers are frustrated with the roll out of the state’s medical marijuana law. Nearly two years after the non-euphoric strain was approved, it’s still not available.

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Governor Rick Scott is pushing for greater healthcare cost transparency in hospitals.  The move comes as Florida faces the loss of more federal health care funding next year, and growing concerns about the state’s healthcare costs.

The Florida Retail Federation has launched a private health insurance exchange for its members. The exchange allows businesses to shop for group coverage plans and lets employees sign up.

Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding
Agency For Healthcare Administration

Governor Rick Scott is accusing Florida hospitals of price-gouging patients. He’s vowing to change that. But the Florida Hospital Association calls the governor’s statements mean-spirited.

FSU Expands Suicide Prevention Efforts

Sep 24, 2015

Florida State University is expanding its suicide prevention program, with a $306,000 dollar grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The program aims to enable the entire campus community to identify and intervene with students in distress.

MGN Online

While some are hailing the Governor’s recent pledge to put more money into Florida’s mental health and substance abuse programs, others are calling it “long overdue.”

Planned Parenthood Florida

The fight between Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration and Planned Parenthood ramped up this week with a lawsuit.  The state says three planned parenthood Florida clinics admit to performed abortions outside the scope of their licenses, but the clinics insist they did nothing wrong.

Florida’s healthcare agency is doubling down on claims three Southwest Florida planned parenthood offices performed unlicensed abortions. The moves comes a day after lawyers for the Agency for Healthcare Administration seemed to back down from that assertion.

Bay County Health Department

Florida’s Surgeon General visited Bay County as part of a health tour of the state’s coastal areas.

Florida Department of Health

The head of Florida’s health department is making his way through the Florida Panhandle as part of a tour of the state's coastal areas. Bay County residents are invited to take part in the latest stop in the “Health in All Places Tour,” highlighting the county’s health services.

Florida Health Choices is now serving as the private health insurance system for the state's 140,000 realtors.
Florida Health Choices

Florida’s state-based insurance exchange is gearing up for open enrollment later this year. Florida Health Choices is reaching out to professionals licensed by the state, as well as realtors, to grow its numbers.

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