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'Stand Your Ground' Measure Filed In Florida House

Jan 16, 2017
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A controversial proposal to shift the burden of proof in "stand your ground" self-defense cases is back this year in the Florida House.

House Bill Cracks Down On Boating, Driving While Under The Influence

Jan 16, 2017
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A motorist operating a car or boat could be arrested for driving under the influence, under a measure filed by state Rep. David Silvers, D-West Palm Beach.

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Airport shooting highlights nexus between mentally ill, cops

Just weeks before a gunman opened fire at Fort Lauderdale's airport, authorities said he walked into an FBI office in Alaska, telling agents the government was controlling his mind and that he was having terroristic thoughts. It's a daily occurrence for law enforcement agencies and authorities say the difficulty is in assessing whether people are reporting a credible threat, whether or whether they need medical help.

Florida officials say the number of human trafficking cases have increased more than 50 percent in the state from the previous year.

Republicans pushed a budget through Congress on Friday that gives them an early but critical victory in their crusade to scrap President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

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Walgreens is teaming up with Florida Hospital Tampa to put health clinics inside drug stores around the Tampa Bay area. 

Congress To Complete First Step To Repealing Health Law

Jan 13, 2017
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Congress is on the cusp of completing the first — and by far the easiest — step toward gutting President Barack Obama's divisive health care law.

Friday's vote in the House would adopt a House-Senate measure to make it easier for a subsequent "Obamacare" repeal bill to advance through the Senate without the threat of a Democratic filibuster.

CVS Introducing Cheaper, Generic Rival To EpiPen

Jan 13, 2017
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CVS is now selling a rival generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about one-sixth of its price.

The drugstore chain said it will charge $109.99 for a two-pack of the authorized generic version of Adrenaclick. EpiPen can cost more than $600.

CVS Health Corp., the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, said it cut the price of the generic version of Adrenaclick nearly in half.

Agreements Reached On Long-Term Care Insurance

Jan 13, 2017
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State regulators and insurers have reached agreement on 10-year plans that include rate increases on long-term care insurance policies, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation said Thursday.

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Researchers at Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center are testing a vaccine to fight breast cancer,  and they say  that it appears to be working for some patients.

Lawmakers Get ‘Bad News’ About Medicaid Payment Error

Jan 12, 2017

A top Florida health official briefed lawmakers Wednesday about a Medicaid payment error that is expected to force the state to shell out $75.1 million.

Senior Sheds Interim Label As AHCA Secretary

Jan 12, 2017

Justin Senior was named Wednesday as secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, after serving as interim secretary for nearly four months, according to Gov. Rick Scott's office.

Republican-Led Senate Takes First Step To Repeal 'Obamacare'

Jan 12, 2017
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The Senate early Thursday passed a measure to take the first step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, responding to pressure to move quickly even as Republicans and President-elect Trump grapple with what to replace it with.

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A Florida teenager accused of pretending to be a doctor has been indicted on charges in Virginia after authorities say tried to illegally buy a car.

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Agriculture officials will release flies sterilized with radiation in the Homestead area, where a stray dog was infected with a flesh-eating parasite.

Patients, Doctors Get Green Light For Medical Marijuana

Jan 12, 2017

Patients who qualify for medical marijuana under a voter-approved constitutional amendment can start purchasing cannabis treatments in as little as 90 days, according to the state's top pot cop.

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Spanish speakers in the Tampa area have a new health care provider that they can understand.

Located on West Hillsborough Avenue, CliniSanitas calls itself Tampa's first multicultural medical center.

Florida Researchers Find 2 New Invasive Mosquitoes

Jan 11, 2017
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University of Florida researchers say they've found two new disease-carrying mosquito species in the state for the first time.

Miami-Dade Mayor Says Screwworm Limited To 1 Stray Dog

Jan 11, 2017
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The mayor of Miami-Dade County says he'll devote "whatever resources are necessary" to protect pets and livestock on Florida's mainland from screwworms.

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Environmentalists are taking legal action against a ranch’s request for more water near Silver Springs State Park, some 90 miles northwest of Orlando.

State GOP Leaders Wary As Obamacare Repeal Pushed

Jan 11, 2017
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Congressional Republicans' drive to repeal the 2010 health care law has financial and political repercussions for GOP leaders in the states and gives Democrats potential openings as they struggle to reclaim power lost during President Barack Obama's tenure.

Gun Issues Command Attention In Tallahassee

Jan 11, 2017
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In the wake of mass shootings at an Orlando nightclub and at the Fort Lauderdale airport, the gun-control debate intensified Tuesday with Democratic lawmakers filing legislation to try to improve gun safety while an appeals court heard arguments about local-government gun ordinances.

AHCA, Nursing Homes Disagree On Managed Care Change

Jan 11, 2017

A top official at the Agency for Health Care Administration on Tuesday objected to a nursing-home industry proposal to exclude some seniors from the state's Medicaid managed-care program.

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Two Florida lawmakers want health insurance companies to stick by their contracts when it comes to prescription medications.

After Obamacare, What's Next For Community Health Centers?

Jan 10, 2017
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For the patients and the employees of Mary’s Center, a community health center that serves Washington, D.C., and its Maryland suburbs, the 2010 health law had a big impact on business. The facility has always promised care to anyone who walks through its doors. But since Obamacare’s implementation, the patient population and the quality of care they receive has changed.

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A legal journey that could mean life or death for the suspect in the Florida airport mass shooting has begun with appointment of a public defender to represent the Iraq war veteran.

Supreme Court Asked To Reconsider Medical Malpractice Case

Jan 10, 2017
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Pointing to potentially far-reaching effects, a physicians' group is asking the Florida Supreme Court to reconsider the rejection of an arbitration agreement in a medical-malpractice case.

Justice Department Intervenes In Suit Against Florida DOC

Jan 10, 2017
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The U.S. Justice Department on Monday moved to intervene in a nearly year-old lawsuit against the Florida Department of Corrections, alleging that the state's prison agency "systematically violates the rights of inmates with disabilities."

Legislation introduced by a pair of Florida legislators would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

Tragedy Gives Way to Familiar Back-and-Forth on Guns

Jan 9, 2017
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When a gunman opened fire inside an airport terminal in Fort Lauderdale Friday, it was only a matter of time before tragedy gave way to a shockingly familiar political debate. Mass shootings have become a kind of litmus test for public figures in the US: Are guns part of the problem, or aren’t they?

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