When the Legislative session resumes next week, bills targeting speed limit increases, juvenile sentencing and medical tourism will head to floor votes in both chambers, the News Service of Florida reports.
Changes in the funding formula for Medicaid that will take many millions of dollars away from large safety-net hospitals such as Jackson Memorial and Tampa General are getting lawmakers' attention, now that it's clear the federal government isn't going to pull the state's fat out of the fire.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which allowed a three-year extension of Florida’s Statewide Medicaid Managed Care program, approved only a one-year extension of the Low Income Pool (LIP). The LIP provides the state with additional federal Medicaid funding that hospitals can use to address the issue of uncompensated care for uninsured patients.
When there's a big fight brewing, call in the grownups. It helps if one is a nurse.
On Thursday, with mental-health centers and hospitals ready to fight over state funds for crisis stabilization, Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, presented a compromise on SB 1726 to the Appropriations Committee that passed unanimously
A dramatic restructuring of the way Florida pays for crisis care in mental health -- one that pits hospitals against crisis stabilization units -- comes to a head today.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has scheduled a five-hour meeting Thursday beginning at 1 p.m. to handle two dozen matters, including SB 1726. It would shift some of the money that now goes to the crisis units, called CSUs, to hospitals that are so-called "Baker Act receiving facilities" because they take in patients who qualify for involuntary treatment under a state law commonly called the Baker Act.
Leaders of the Florida House, hoping to protect their pet health issues from being picked apart in the Senate, have bundled them into a package to be introduced Thursday morning. In legislative parlance, they're creating a "train."
The idea of a train is that it's a bunch of railcars that are connected and it would be hard to remove one of them without causing them all to derail. As a practical matter, it means some lawmakers might have to accept a bill they don't like in order to get one that's a must-pass.
Despite criticism that it would cost the state Medicaid program too much, a bill that would let doctors break plan rules on prescribing passed its final Senate committee on Tuesday, The Florida Current reports.
A bill that would prohibit doctors from doing an abortion if the fetus could survive "with medical intervention" -- passed Florida’s Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, according to the Orlando Sentinel. A companion bill passed the House Judiciary Committee on Friday. The bill would, in effect, require physicians to determine whether a fetus is "viable" -- can survive -- with medical treatment.
Health groups are fighting a House measure that they claim will put tobacco products into teens’ hands, the News Service of Florida reports. The Florida House measure HB 169 would prevent those under 18 from buying electronic cigarettes, among other restrictions.
There is one simple way for a Florida medical clinic to avoid being licensed and undergoing an annual inspection: Don't accept insurance.
A bill moving through the Legislature would close that loophole for so-called cash-only clinics, which can escape government oversight because the statutory definition of a clinic is interpreted as an operation that takes third-party insurance.
The bill (SB 746) sponsored by Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, would require that all medical clinics be subject to licensure, renewal and inspection, whether they accept insurance or not.
Senate President Don Gaetz says he’s reluctant to support a bill that would speed up the amount of time it takes legal immigrant children to enroll in the state KidCare insurance program. An estimated 25,000 children would qualify sooner for the subsidized insurance program for low- and moderate-income families, the News Service of Florida reports.
The House Health & Human Services Committee on Thursday approved HB 27, which would take away $200 million in children’s dental services from the Medicaid HMOs and other plans that have already contracted with the state to provide complete medical and dental care for patients of all ages.
The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Jose Diaz, R-Miami, passed 11 to 6.
The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee voted to combine three child welfare bills into one (SB 1666) on Wednesday, the News Service of Florida reports. In the wake of reports of children who have died after the Florida Department of Children and Families made contact with them, lawmakers are proposing several changes at the agency. It is unclear how much additional funding lawmakers will ask for; Gov.
What started out as an online, underground fad is now a billion dollar business. Electronic cigarettes, often called e-cigarettes, really aren't cigarettes at all because there's no tobacco, no flame and no smoke. But there are still a lot of questions about where they can be used and whether they pose a health risk.
An editorial by the Ocala Star-Banner is blasting the Florida House for ignoring the plight of Florida’s springs, especially as their counterparts in the Senate work on comprehensive springs protection. The Star-Banner calls House Speaker Will Weatherford’s inaction on springs “appalling.”
The Florida Senate's telemedicine bill, which is less onerous to the Florida Medical Association than the House bill, swiftly became a target for critics during a committee appearance Tuesday morning. Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, threw on a number of amendments to stanch the bleeding.