Health News Florida Staff

Health News Florida is now part of WUSF Public Media in Tampa, Florida.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012. 

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Just under three months ago, Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration took nursing home inspections off its website, according to the Miami Herald.

Florida’s largest health insurance company will stop covering OxyContin, the brand name for prescription opioid, beginning Jan. 1, Miami Herald reported.


By canceling Affordable Care Act subsidies for low-income Americans this week, President Donald Trump might be undermining Obamacare in some states, the Miami Herald reported.


Floridians are concerned that not enough is being done to care for and protect the state’s growing elderly population, according to a survey from the University of South Florida and Nielsen released Tuesday.

Florida’s nursing home industry will hold a summit Friday in Tallahassee to discuss Gov. Rick Scott’s emergency rule requiring increased generator capacity to help nursing homes in a disaster, according to the Miami Herald.

The number of Floridians without health insurance dropped again in 2016, according to figures from the U.S. Census.

color:#181818">Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren has withdrawn pursuit of the death penalty in five of 24 cases he inherited when he took over the office in January, The Tampa Bay Times reported. A sixth defendant avoided death row with a guilty plea.


In the spring and summer of 2015, the state switched more than 13,000 children out of Children's Medical Services, a part of Florida Medicaid, according to a report by CNN.

The state’s effort to train more nurses has fallen short, leaving questions about whether Florida will be able to care for an increasing number of patients, according to a report from the Sun Sentinel.


U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Maine Republican Susan Collins have been talking to each other about ways of finding a breakthrough on health care reform, an issue that has deeply divided Congress along party lines.


Florida To Pay $1M In Docs Vs. Glocks Legal Fees

Jul 24, 2017

Florida will pay $1.1 million in legal fees to attorneys who challenged a controversial state law that sought to prevent doctors from asking patients about guns, a group representing opponents said Monday.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, pleased that his demands were met on crafting the bill to repeal Obamacare, said he was ready to announce his support for the Republican backed legislation, the Miami Herald reported.

A neurologist at Florida Atlantic University’s Comprehensive Center for Brain Health said that one-third of all dementia cases are preventable, the Palm Beach Post reported.


Tampa strip club owner Joe Redner is challenging the state’s medical marijuana laws in court, the Tampa Bay Times reported.


As Florida lawmakers contemplate revisiting the medical marijuana issue in a special legislative session and revive a failed effort to establish regulatory guidelines for the voter-approved industry, a system for accessing the treatment already is taking shape.


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