An employee at the St. Petersburg Department of Veterans Affairs has filed a whistleblower complaint claiming he was fired in retaliation for pointing out problems at the busy claims office, according to The Tampa Tribune.
There’s a shortage of nursing home beds in Florida, and companies are flooding the state with applications to build. With hundreds of millions of dollars on the line, courts may have to sort out the winners and losers.
It’s been 13 years since the Florida Legislature put a hold on building new nursing home beds because of rising costs in the state budget.
That moratorium expired this year, and 163 companies are competing to build more 3,100 new nursing home beds in Florida.
Brooke and Andrew Lee can't imagine being without health insurance.
So for the past seven years, that's meant digging deep into the earnings of their video production agency in St. Petersburg. It’s expensive, but Brooke Lee says the alternative is worse.
“Even though costs are high, I’ve just always been somebody who has health care. And I would be really nervous… for the unknowns to happen, some major accident or health problem that would put us out of business and pretty much ruin everything we’ve worked so hard on if we didn’t have health insurance,” she said.
Florida's insurance officials are recommending a state takeover and liquidation of Florida Healthcare Plus, a Medicare Advantage plan accused of submitting $25.2 million in phony bills to Medicare and Florida Medicaid.
An Orlando woman died from injuries to her neck and head caused by a car collision and an exploding air bag, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday.
Plastic and metal fragments were scattered throughout the driver's side of Hien Tran's 2001 Honda Accord, and detectives found fragments of loose metal still in the deflated air bag, according to the report. The air bag had multiple tears and was bloodied.
Florida Medicaid has spent at least $30.6 million in the past year on costly drug treatments for Hepatitis C, according to records from the Agency for Health Care Administration.
Most of the spending was for Sovaldi, an antiviral approved by the Food and Drug Administration in December 2013. It was fast-tracked after clinical trials showed it had a high cure rate for patients in advanced stages of liver disease who were infected with the most common strain of the Hepatitis C virus.
This weekend marked the beginning of open enrollment season, the time when uninsured Floridians can sign up for health insurance on HealthCare.gov.
An estimated 1.5 million Floridians don’t have insurance.
At Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville, Renard Murray, the regional administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services came from Atlanta to address the congregation of more than 300.
When asked who knows someone with high blood pressure, asthma or diabetes, almost everyone at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church raised a hand.
The Tampa police investigation of a case involving meat tainted with LSD has come to an end, the Tampa Bay Times reports. In March, a family of four went to St. Joseph’s Hospital showing signs of poisoning, but when police tested the steak the family had for lunch, they found it had been tainted with the hallucinogenic drug, the Times reports.
The nation's top health official says the ongoing legal dispute over the Affordable Care Act won't stop people who want insurance from signing up.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced it will consider a challenge to the law, which could eliminate subsidies for individuals who purchased plans in Florida and dozens of other states via the online marketplace known as HealthCare.gov.
From a tailgating party with Gator fans in Gainesville to a beer festival in Pensacola, Floridians had plenty of opportunities Saturday to get in-person help signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. And as the second year of enrollment kicks off, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell is making a swing through Florida today to help get the word out.
Burwell will make a stop in Tampa Monday morning at the Navigation Lab at the University of South Florida; she will be in Miami this afternoon.
Florida’s plan to select nurseries to produce a strain of medical marijuana via lottery was struck down by an administrative law judge Friday, the News Service of Florida reports. The Department of Health’s lottery-system selection and overall framework fails to set up “adequate standards” for the Charlotte’s Web strain of marijuana, approved earlier this year by state legislators, according to the News Service.
An administrative law judge Friday struck down a rule proposed by health regulators as a framework for Florida's new medical-marijuana industry, finding multiple flaws in the controversial rule challenged by the state's largest nursery and other growers. Administrative Law Judge W.
The longtime leader of a Tampa Bay-area domestic violence shelter and a devout Christian Scientist is declining to discuss an illness that’s produced a significant growth on her face and has affected her ability to speak or chew, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The director of a Miami home health care agency will serve 57 months in prison for his role in a $7 million Medicare fraud scheme, the Miami Herald reports. A federal judge sentenced Armando Buchillon of Hialeah for fraudulently billing Medicare for procedures such as physical therapy that never were performed at his company, Anna Nursing Services Corp., the Herald reports.
The former leader of Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda was acquitted Thursday of charges he tried to boost referrals to the hospital by writing false information on letters and signing another doctor’s name to them, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
Open enrollment on the federal health insurance marketplace starts on Nov. 15. The Health News Florida team is kicking off a series about the second year of open enrollment under the federal health law.
First, we take a look at HealthCare.gov, the website that people in Florida and 36 other states use to buy a health insurance plan. This year, open enrollment runs for three months, until Feb. 15, 2015.
The marijuana-based treatment "Charlotte's Web", recently approved for distribution by the Florida Legislature, remains locked in a legal dispute, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The state Department of Health established rules for making the product available, but several large growers protested those rules and have delayed the release of the product. According to the Sentinel, a ruling has been expected from Judge W. David Watkins of the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings for weeks and is due to be released no later than Tuesday.
A new study released Wednesday by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center for Children and Families found that Hispanic children in Florida are more likely to lack health insurance than Hispanic children in other states, the Miami Herald reports.
Millions of low-income children - including almost half of those in Florida - are failing to get the free preventive exams and screenings guaranteed by Medicaid and the Obama administration is not doing enough to fix the problem, according to a federal watchdog report.
A jury in Polk County has awarded $35 million in damages to a former Florida smoker who underwent two lung transplants.
The jury's decision Wednesday on behalf of 61-year-old Richard Boatright of Bartow against Philip Morris USA and the Liggett Group tobacco companies. The cigarette makers routinely appeal all such verdicts.
Attorney Sheldon Schlesinger says Boatright started smoking at age 12 and liked the cowboy used in Marlboro ads.
The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 tossed out a $145 billion class action verdict.
Signing up for health insurance is no fun, especially for those unfamiliar with the industry’s terms and concepts. And according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey, few people excel in that area.
Editor's note: Open enrollment on the federal health insurance marketplace started on Saturday, Nov. 15. The Health News Florida team is kicking off a series about the second year of open enrollment under the federal health law. First, we take a look at HealthCare.gov, the website that people in Florida and 36 other states use to buy a health insurance plan. This year, open enrollment runs for three months, until Feb. 15, 2015.