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Seminole State College has approved a new health science and education building. The seven-story, $48 million building will go up at the Altamonte Springs campus.

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A South Carolina mother who drove her three children into the Daytona Beach surf last year is being moved from a state psychiatric center to a South Florida medical center as part of a conditional release.

Marijuana Initiative Headed Toward Court Review

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Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana appear to have submitted enough petition signatures to spur a review by the Florida Supreme Court.

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Consider this past weekend a dry run -- in spite of all the rain – for tropical storm and hurricane preparation.  Tropical Storm Erika never made it to Florida, but emergency officials spent much of last week urging people to get ready. 

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Two Missouri men have been arrested in connection to the slaying of southwest Florida doctor, and one of the men is a longtime friend of the victim's husband.

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A recent federal court decision in Miami may help health care providers who are suing plans that have slashed Medicare Advantage payments, Modern Healthcare reports.

State In Legal Battle Over Prescription Drug Benefits

Aug 31, 2015
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Pharmacy-benefit managers for the state-employee health insurance program are challenging an attempt to require them to repay $39.2 million to the Florida Department of Management Services.

Physician groups are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling upholding a Florida law restricting what doctors can ask patients about guns.

State Leaders Urged To Make Early Childhood A Priority

Aug 31, 2015
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The Florida Children and Youth Cabinet voted Thursday to send a letter to state leaders, urging them to prioritize early-childhood education, intervention and other services for "the first 1,000 days" from pregnancy to age 3.

Court Sides With Hospital In Death Of Escaped Patient

Aug 31, 2015
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A sharply divided appeals court Friday ruled that the death of a woman who was hit by a truck after escaping from a psychiatric hospital should be handled as a medical-malpractice case --- effectively leading to the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by her estate.

State Panel Prepares To Move Forward With Medical Pot

Aug 31, 2015
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State health officials have named the three members of a panel that will choose five nurseries to be Florida's first legal pot growers, setting in motion the final stages of the drawn-out process to get Florida's new medical-marijuana industry off the ground.

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After issuing a heath advisory for West Nile Virus earlier this week, the Department of Health in Pinellas County has confirmed its first case of the virus in a human since 2007.

The families of more than 35,000 children enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids program will soon have to choose between two more expensive plans, or find new insurance.

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

Aug 27, 2015
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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

Aug 27, 2015
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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

Aug 27, 2015
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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.

Med Tourism, Direct Primary Care Get Backing

Aug 26, 2015
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Senate Health Policy Chairman Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, is looking to pitch Florida as a place for people to come for medical care. 

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.

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The University of South Florida student stuck in a Cuban hospital because her family doesn't have health insurance may be a step closer to returning home.

Barbara "Barbie" Jimenez, 22, was in a coma for five days after a car accident in Cuba. She's since come out of the coma, but has been stuck in Cuba since her family can't afford to fly her back to the U.S.

Now, according to Congressman David Jolly, a Bay area air ambulance company has offered to bring Jimenez home free of charge.


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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.

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
Associated Press

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.

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