children's health

The only stand-alone children’s hospital in Miami-Dade — also one of the county’s top private employers — recently laid off 135 employees. That represents more than three percent of the workforce at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Nicklaus executives say it had to be done to preserve the financial health of the organization.

But the round of layoffs comes at the same time Nicklaus plans to open a second hospital near Miami International Airport.

Two-year-old Ari Williams is testing out the new motor-sensory friendly playground at the Jack & Jill Children’s Center on West Broward Boulevard.

“It’s sand!” she yells, and scoops tiny cups of sand into smaller containers.

She then jumps to the water tables where she throws her hands in and can splash around. 

Unable to walk or talk, barely able to see or hear, 5-year-old Maddie Holt waits in her wheelchair for a ride to the hospital.

A brief, partial shutdown of the federal government ended Monday, as the Senate and House approved legislation that would keep federal dollars flowing until Feb. 8, as well as fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the next six years.

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Congress again failed to approve long-term funds for a popular program that provides health insurance for nearly 9 million low-income children, leaving each party blaming the other for Christmas-season gridlock and states scrambling to decide how to parcel out dwindling money.

Children's Health Program Funding In Jeopardy

Dec 21, 2017

With money for Florida's subsidized children's health-insurance program due to run out in a matter of weeks, the state has not warned the parents of roughly 200,000 children that they could soon lose coverage.

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Last week, Colorado became the first state to notify families that children who receive health insurance through the Children’s Health Insurance Program are in danger of losing their coverage.

House OKs Children's Health Funds, But Obstacles Remain

Nov 5, 2017
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Legislation providing five more years of financing for an expired children's health program won House approval Friday, but a partisan battle over paying for the extension seemed certain to delay the bill in the Senate. Each side is using the fight to accuse the other of jeopardizing a program that serves more than 8 million low-income children.

Lawmakers Seek To Streamline KidCare

Oct 10, 2017
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A Florida Senate committee approved a bill Monday that would streamline a state children's health insurance program, even though Congress has yet to reauthorize funding for the program.

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Congress finally seems ready to take action on the Children’s Health Insurance Program after funding lapsed Sept. 30.

A popular federal-state program that provides health coverage to millions of children in lower- and middle-class families is up for renewal Sept. 30.

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Florida has made significant improvements in providing for its children, a recent study shows.

What’s At Risk In GOP’s Health Overhaul

Feb 21, 2017
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As Republicans look at ways to replace or repair the health law, many suggest shrinking the list of services insurers are required to offer in individual and small group plans would reduce costs and increase flexibility.

Parents Fight To Get Their Children Mental Health Services At School

Sep 13, 2016
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On a hot summer day last month in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Sydney, 15, and Laney, 8, were enjoying their last two weeks of freedom before school started. The sisters tried to do flips over a high bar at a local playground.

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Since 2014, Florida’s Medicaid program has been run not by the state but through private insurance companies. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune has written about problems with the managed care system and a recent report from Georgetown University surveyed pediatricians to determine how they feel about the system.

Forty-nine children and their families, including one from Clay County, are hoping face-to-face meetings with members of Congress helps lawmakers understand the plight of kids with medically complex conditions.

The group is lobbying leaders to pass a law expanding coordination between medical specialists across state lines.


New DOH Hire Signals New Approach To Children’s Health

Apr 21, 2016
Florida Department of Health

In tapping a distinguished pediatrician as head of its children's medical programs, the Florida Department of Health on Wednesday signaled a new approach to caring for the state's sickest kids.

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  Gov. Rick Scott hasn’t responded to a bipartisan congressional inquiry regarding the future of the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, according to the Miami Herald.

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.

Giving babies antibiotics may increase the risk they will develop asthma, according to a study  reported on by Medpage Today. This risk, to children 1 year and younger, also may increase based on how often the drugs are prescribed.

The findings of this study of more than 62,000 children said other factors that could contribute to the development of asthma were not studied, such as smoking within the family and how the baby was delivered, MedPage Today reports.