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Health News Florida

State Gives Family Its Nurses Back

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Eve Edelheit
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Tampa Bay Times

After saying it wouldn’t pay for round-the-clock nurses for the girl who was severely brain damaged last year after nearly drowning in the Erie Canal, Florida Blue now says it will, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The family of Selah Clanton, 9, received a call from Gov. Rick Scott about the insurer’s reversal, which came after former state Rep. Mike Fasano asked lawmakers to intervene on the girl’s behalf.  Her father is a state employee who works as a chaplain at Zephyrhills Correctional Institution. Florida state government is a self-insured plan, so coverage decisions are determined by state officials.