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Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed 38 bills, including a controversial measure that will make it harder for groups and citizens to put proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot. 

Susana Matta Valdivieso was hiding in a dark classroom when a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

More than fifty people gathered at the Leon County Public Library Monday evening to talk about combating the opioid crisis.  The epidemic hasn’t hit Leon as hard as some other counties, but local leaders want to be ready.

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Two state lawmakers visited the Jackson Plaza Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Miami Monday to lead a roundtable discussion about nursing homes needs in times of crisis. 


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House Speaker Paul Ryan announced yesterday that Republicans will once again push to cut off federal tax dollars to Planned Parenthood. Republicans have tried and failed to do this in the past. President Obama vetoed a similar bill last January.

In the workers comp system, employees agree not to sue when they get hurt and their bosses agree to pay medical bills and lost wages. German Chancellor Otto von Bismark thought it would humanize the industrial revolution.

With more and more locally transmitted Zika cases in Florida, a bipartisan group of state House lawmakers are joining together to ask for federal help to combat the mosquito-borne disease.

Most lawmakers aren’t going the way of Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, who has purchased a private health insurance plan and rejected a subsidy to buy coverage on the federal marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act. 

As the Tampa Bay Times reports, the subsidy pays for up to 75 percent of premiums for members of Congress.  The perk became a target in the political fight over the implementation of the law.  

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An editorial from the Tampa Tribune says lawmakers should seize the best deal and approve the expansion of Medicaid, because expansion or not, there will still be a cost to provide care for the state’s neediest residents.  


While U.S. Sen.Marco Rubio and other Florida lawmakers tout their support for an overhaul of immigration policies, a showdown over emergency room care for illegal immigrants continues in Florida.

Wollschlaeger: Sweet Deal For Drugmaker At Taxpayer Cost

Jan 22, 2013

In "Fiscal Footnote: Big Senate Gift to Drug Maker,” the New York Times reported that key Senate lawmakers inserted a paragraph into Section 632 of the “fiscal cliff” bill which essentially delays a set of Medicare price restraints on a class of drugs that includes Sensipar, a lucrative Amgen pill used by kidney dialysis patients.

Several health agencies submitted their budget proposals to the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, the Florida Current reports.

Not all of the funds would come from the state, particularly for the Agency for Health Care Administration, which receives more than half of its funding from the federal government. The Current reports that AHCA is requesting a slightly smaller budget than last year, which was about $22.3 billion.

Lawmakers and corporate executives convene Thursday in Orlando to talk about the future of health care, or at least how much it will cost.  Hundreds, maybe thousands of people who want to bend their ear are expected to show up.