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Thousands of Florida families will face increased out-of-pocket health care expenses starting October 1.

Florida health officials said Wednesday they would give insurers a 7.7 percent rate increase in the fledgling Medicaid managed care program, in what has been a contentious battle between Gov. Rick Scott, the insurers and hospitals.

Workers-Comp Ruling Rejected In Air Show Injury

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An appeals court said Wednesday a security guard who was injured in a 2011 tornado can pursue a lawsuit against a company that put on an air show in Polk County.

Court Overturns $4.1M Medical Malpractice Verdict

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Pointing to the unfair use of expert witnesses, a South Florida appeals court Wednesday ordered a new trial in a medical-malpractice case that led to a $4.1 million verdict against a pediatrician accused of negligently diagnosing a child's kidney disease.

House Forms Panel To Push Health Proposals

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The House has formed the Select Committee on Affordable Healthcare Access, a potential vehicle for ideas that were cast aside this year by the Senate during a fight over health-care policy.

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County health departments have been testing beach water quality since 2000, and issuing advisories when bacteria levels get too high.

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Hundreds of women in Florida will be able to get early screenings for breast cancer under a national program aimed at the uninsured.

Three Florida facilities will receive the grants from the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Hungry Howie’s. Its “Love, Hope and Pizza” program awarded grants to more than 70 facilities around the country.

The monthly premiums for many of the plans sold on the federal health insurance marketplace will be increasing for Floridians in 2016, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. 

Sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law doesn't start for another couple of months, but the next few days are crucial for hundreds of thousands of customers at risk of losing financial aid when they renew coverage for 2016.

Judge Deciding Special-Needs Children Dispute

Aug 26, 2015
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An administrative law judge is considering a challenge to the Florida Department of Health involving the eligibility of children for a state program that provides specialized medical care.

Thirty five thousand nurses are injured every year lifting patients, and a Democratic lawmaker wants to do something about it.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it now has fewer than 100,000 disability claims older than four months, a "historic milestone" that is one-sixth the size of a long-term backlog that reached a record 611,000 claims in 2013.

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The Justice Department pushed back Monday against efforts by Sen. Bob Menendez to dismiss the corruption indictment against him, calling the case the result of an "exhaustive, focused and disciplined" investigation that spanned more than two years.

Appeals Court Reinstates Wage Rules for Home Care Workers

Aug 25, 2015

A federal appeals court on Friday revived Obama administration regulations that guarantee overtime and minimum wage protection to nearly 2 million home health care workers.

Doctor In Menendez Case Seeks Bail Changes

Aug 25, 2015
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A Florida eye doctor linked to New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez in a corruption case is seeking changes in his bond conditions in an unrelated Medicare fraud prosecution.

Poll: About Half In FL Back Planned Parenthood Funding

Aug 25, 2015
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With a wide disparity among men and women, 48 percent of Florida voters oppose cutting off federal funding to Planned Parenthood, while 42 percent support such a move, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

Medical Malpractice Law Goes To Supreme Court

Aug 25, 2015
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The Florida Supreme Court will consider whether to take up a dispute about the constitutionality of a 2013 medical-malpractice law that critics contend violates patient privacy rights.

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Gov. Rick Scott is ordering state health officials to audit more than 100 hospitals as part of his ongoing battle with hospitals, which he says are driving up Medicaid costs.

A University of South Florida senior is in a Cuban hospital following a recent car crash, but she can't return to the United States because her family doesn't have health insurance. 

A shortage of nursing home space across Florida will be helped by the addition of almost 1,000 more new beds.

Disease Threatens FL Roses

Aug 24, 2015
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Florida’s $20 million rose industry is threatened by a disease that’s devastating the flower across the Eastern United States.

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A Broward County grand jury is preparing to investigate the distribution and use of the synthetic drug flakka following at least 33 deaths linked to the substance over the past 10 months.

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Authorities say federal officers are regularly finding cocaine and heroin concealed in shipments of flowers moving through Miami International Airport.

Workers Comp Premiums Could Be Trimmed

Aug 24, 2015

State regulators will consider a proposal to reduce workers-compensation insurance premiums by an average of 2.2 percent in 2016, according to documents released Friday.

At last count, during the 2013-2014 school year, the number of homeless students had risen to more than 71,000 in Florida's public schools. For many of these children, a brand-new school uniform may be out of reach, though school officials say it makes a big impact on their attitude. One longtime charity in Lakeland is quietly helping to fill that need.

A new study from Johns Hopkins University shows Florida’s pill mill crackdown worked in its first year.

After becoming the epicenter for prescription opioid abuse, the state passed tougher laws for pain management clinics. The state also implemented a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program which gave healthcare professionals a better look at patients’ prescription drug histories.The laws went into full affect in 2011. Researchers at Johns Hopkins looked at hundreds of millions of prescriptions from the year before and after.

The local and statewide panels tasked with reviewing child abuse death cases is holding a summit next month to bring them all together.

A statewide council looking to build on Florida’s current anti-human trafficking efforts is mulling over potential legislation for 2016.

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