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When Annie Dennison was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, she readily followed advice from her medical team, agreeing to harsh treatments in the hope of curing her disease.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to spend more on the state's beaches, springs and state parks.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he's willing to bring bipartisan health care legislation to the floor if President Donald Trump makes clear he supports it.

Florida scientists are studying the genetic makeup of centenarians to develop new drugs that could delay or possibly even reverse age-related diseases.

More Nursing Home Legislation Proposed

18 hours ago
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A South Florida state senator has filed a bill that would require nursing homes and other facilities to have generators capable of providing backup power for up to four days.

House Leaders Seek KidCare Waivers

19 hours ago
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The list of those asking Florida Gov. Rick Scott to waive insurance premium requirements for low-income families in 48 counties impacted by Hurricane Irma is growing.

Nursing Home Providers Quarrel Over Quality Payments

19 hours ago

A bruising battle over how to parcel out billions in Medicaid payments for nursing homes is showing little signs of ending anytime soon.

Bipartisan Plan To Curb Health Premiums Gets Strong Support

Oct 20, 2017
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A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. But its fate remained unclear as some Republicans sought changes that could threaten Democratic backing.

Survey: US Uninsured Up 3.5M This Year; Expected To Rise

Oct 20, 2017
WMFE

The number of U.S. adults without health insurance is up nearly 3.5 million this year, as rising premiums and political turmoil over "Obamacare" undermine coverage gains that drove the nation's uninsured rate to a historic low.

Plastics Widespread in Florida Coastal Waterways

Oct 20, 2017
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New research shows plastic pollution is widespread in Florida’s coastal waters.

Bill Would Allow Local Smoking Regulations In Parks

Oct 20, 2017
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A Senate Republican wants to allow cities and counties to be able to regulate smoking in public parks.

Court Backs Scott On Emergency Generator Rules

Oct 20, 2017
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A Tallahassee-based appeals court Thursday gave a victory to Gov. Rick Scott in one part of a legal battle about emergency rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to quickly add generators that can power air-conditioning systems.

Trump's Health Subsidy Shutdown Could Lead To Free Insurance

Oct 19, 2017

If President Donald Trump prevails in shutting down a major "Obamacare" health insurance subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making free basic coverage available to more people, and making upper-tier plans more affordable.

U.S. Senate Panel Probes Nursing Home Deaths

Oct 19, 2017
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The U.S. Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday sent letters to Florida and federal health officials requesting information about the deaths of 14 residents of a Broward County nursing home after Hurricane Irma and steps the state has taken to protect seniors.

Workers' Compensation Rate Cut Under Consideration

Oct 19, 2017
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Fewer workers are filing workers' compensation claims, helping lower the costs Florida employers will pay for insurance next year.

Recovery Care Center Plan Filed In State House

Oct 19, 2017
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Florida House Republicans could be poised to make a renewed attempt to allow types of health-care facilities known as “recovery care centers,” where patients could stay up to 72 hours after undergoing surgical procedures.

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When patients come to The Outreach Clinic in Brandon, one of the first people they encounter is Jackie Perez.

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A bill expanding workers’ compensation coverage to first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder has been filed for the 2018 Legislative session.

Westminster Village North

Westminster Village North, a nursing home and retirement community in Indianapolis, recently added 25 beds and two kitchens to speed food delivery to residents. It also redesigned patient rooms to ease wheelchair use and added Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions. This fall, it’s opening a new assisted living unit.

State Supreme Court Rejects Stay Of November Execution

Oct 18, 2017
Florida Department of Corrections

With no explanation, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request to stay the scheduled Nov. 8 execution of Patrick C. Hannon, who was sentenced to death in the 1991 murders of two men in Hillsborough County.

Report Charts Course To Expand Telehealth

Oct 18, 2017
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The state Telehealth Advisory Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a final report and legislative recommendations to remove barriers to the use of telehealth.

State Targets Pharmaceutical Company In Stock Case

Oct 18, 2017
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In a rare move, Florida is considering taking on a large pharmaceutical company, alleging the state's pension fund lost more than $62 million in stock value because of federal security violations by the company.

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Republican and Democratic senators joined in announcing a plan Tuesday aimed at stabilizing America's health insurance markets in the wake of President Donald Trump's order to terminate "Obamacare" subsidies. 

Proposal Would Funnel Money To Indian River Lagoon

Oct 17, 2017
WMFE

At least $50 million a year of voter-approved money would go to conserving and managing the Indian River Lagoon, under a measure filed Monday by Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart.

Cheap Health Insurance / Flickr

Older or disabled Americans with Medicare coverage have probably noticed an uptick in mail solicitations from health insurance companies, which can mean only one thing: It’s time for the annual Medicare open enrollment.

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At first there was no hint of distress in the 911 calls, no sense of a crisis unfolding. But newly released emergency calls from a sweltering Broward County nursing home that lost its air conditioning to Hurricane Irma showed staffers becoming increasingly agitated by a disaster that would eventually claim 14 elderly lives.

More Variances Sought On Nursing Home Generators

Oct 17, 2017
Politico

At least 21 more long-term care providers have filed requests for variances with the state Agency for Health Care Administration as they seek additional time to comply with Gov Rick Scott's mandate that they add generators that can power air-conditioning systems.

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An Ormond Beach hospital will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

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A key moderate Republican is urging President Donald Trump to support a bipartisan Senate effort to reinstate insurer payments, calling his move to halt the subsidies an immediate threat to millions of Americans who could now face rising premiums and lost health care coverage.

Indian River County Sheriff's Office

Police say an Indian River County doctor accused of stealing a patient's cellphone is now facing drug trafficking charges.

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