Daylina Miller

Health News Florida Reporter

Daylina Miller is a multimedia reporter for WUSF and Health News Florida, covering health in the Tampa Bay area and across the state.

She began her journalism career as a teen columnist at The Tampa Tribune in 2005, and has since worked as a reporter for several Tampa Bay news organizations.

Daylina is a graduate of the University of South Florida's School of Mass Communications, where she started the school's Her Campus Magazine branch, served as a correspondent for USA Today College and wrote opinion columns for The Oracle, the Tampa campus newspaper.

She received her master's degree in New Media Journalism at Full Sail University and through the program started Dames & Dice, a tabletop gaming blog.

President Donald Trump signed into law a bill that will encourage states to better coordinate health care for children with complex medical conditions.

Behavioral therapists who work mostly with children on the autism spectrum say the state agency that oversees the Medicaid program is finally starting to listen to their concerns.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration is limiting how many people can attend a series of public meetings after so many people showed up to a meeting in Tampa earlier this month that AHCA split it into two sessions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency visits climbed to a record high of 146 million patients nationally in 2016 - the most recent year available.

8.3 million of those patients were seen in Florida emergency rooms.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration has backtracked on its decision to cut Medicaid reimbursement rates for therapists who mostly work with children on the autism spectrum, but other changes are still on the table.

A new online measles simulator shows how quickly the disease could spread in Florida.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration last week proposed Medicaid reimbursement reductions for providers who treat children with autism.

Tampa-based WellCare Health Plans may soon merge with a St. Louis-based company to create one of the biggest insurers in the country.

But that means the loss of headquarters for one of the Tampa Bay area's top public companies.

A Tampa lawmaker has proposed a federal bill that would restore millions of dollars in funding taken from a group that helps sign people up for health insurance.

The decades-long Framingham Heart Study in Massachusetts, which started in 1948 and is still going, paved the way for a lot of what we know about heart health.

A new study in Florida hopes to do the same thing for the brain.

Therapists who work with autistic children in the Medicaid system are having problems getting required state credentials, according to providers.

The issue has been going on for months and is impacting how many patients clinics can serve, the providers said.

Yu-Jung Wei, an assistant professor in the UF College of Pharmacy, led a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that questions the accuracy of CMS’ criteria for flagging patients at risk of opioid abuse and overdose.
Courtesy of the University of Florida

A new study by University of Florida researchers questions the accuracy of the criteria used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to identify patients at risk of opioid abuse and overdose. 

The Sarasota Police Department may soon be cracking down on the non-euphoric hemp product cannabidoil (CBD) – a cousin of the marijuana plant.

A new study suggests that many Florida men are still having unprotected sex despite telling their partners they're HIV positive.

Flu activity in Florida increased statewide last week and is now above last year's peak activity, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Bills filed in the Florida House and Senate could give patients more control over how they're treated for pain.

According to a new report by United Cerebral Palsy and the Ancor Foundation, Florida dropped from 18th to 34th in state rankings when it comes to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) lead more independent lives.

And in terms of helping these Floridians get jobs, Florida ranks last.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida had the 17th highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the nation in 2017, a 17 percent increase from the previous year.

According to a new Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Gatehouse Media report, it's more dangerous to deliver a baby in the United States than anywhere else in the developed world -- and the risk for mothers is climbing.

The Florida Department of Health has decided to award Tampa-based WellCare Health Plans with a statewide contract to care for children with complex medical issues.

More than 540,000 Floridians are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, and health officials say that's expected to increase by more than 30 percent in the next few years.

There's been a big shakeup at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.

The CEO and two other administrators resigned today after a Tampa Bay Times investigation showed that the mortality rate at the hospital’s Heart Institute tripled between 2015 and 2017.

According to a new study, workers and their families are spending a bigger share of their income on health care than in previous years – especially in Florida.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida is starting a new peer education program in January to help teenagers learn how to talk about healthy relationships.

According to a 2017 Lincoln Financial Group dental research study, one in four people with employer-sponsored dental insurance say they haven’t been to the dentist in the past year for routine checkups and cleanings due to cost.

Trulieve, Florida’s largest medical marijuana business, has purchased two new businesses that will expand its reach out of state for the first time.

Open enrollment is underway for affordable care act marketplace health insurance plans - as well as some individual and family health plans.

Open enrollment for health insurance plans in the Affordable Care Act marketplace for 2019 coverage started Thursday and consumers will have less help navigating several changes that were put in place.

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is providing free vaccinations to combat a rise in hepatitis A infections locally. About 58 cases of the viral liver disease have been reported county-wide this year, and about 260 have been reported in Florida.

Early voting starts Wednesday in Hernando County, and Brooksville residents will have the opportunity to vote on whether they want to continue to have fluoride in their water.

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