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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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.


color:#181818">A stalemate between UnitedHealthcare — one of the largest health insurance companies in the country — and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospitals could affect thousands of families across the Tampa Bay region, the Tampa Bay Times reported.


Florida Hospital and Sanford Burham are negotiating to potentially absorb the nonprofit research institute’s facility in Lake Nona, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

If plans are finalized, Florida Hospital would turn the facility into a cancer treatment and research center, executives told some of the institute’s employees in a meeting Friday, according to Sentinel, citing anonymous sources.

Orlando attorney and possible gubernatorial candidate John Morgan says he’s prepared to invest in the medical marijuana industry now that it’s about to expland in Florida.


A Monday court hearing offers the Trump administration its best opportunity to prevent significant increases in health care costs for about 7 million lower-income Americans who buy their plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, USA Today reported.

The Florida Department of Health’s Board of Medicine has found no probable cause for some of the first complaints filed against Jacksonville plastic surgeon Loren Clayman, The Florida Times-Union reports.

Florida House and Senate leaders have agreed to about $650 million in hospital payment cuts through Medicaid as part of a larger budget deal, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

A state investigation found a manager for the Florida Department of Health was selling jewelry out of her office and recruiting her employees to take part in the online pyramid scheme, according to a story in the Miami Herald.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala and his son, Rep. Chris Latvala, proposed measures Wednesday that would require drug tests for public-assistance applicants who have drug-related criminal records.

Gun injuries are a growing problem for Florida’s children, rising along with the increasing availability of firearms across the state, according to a special report in the Tampa Bay Times.

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis got another earful Saturday during the second of his “listening sessions,” hearing from advocates on both sides of the Obamacare issue.

Those who want their health care coverage to start Jan. 1 have until 11:59 p.m. today to sign up on the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

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