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Under new health care bill, Florida must make up $7.5 billion

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Under new health care bill, Florida must make up $7.5 billion

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Under new health care bill, Florida must make up $7.5 billion

If the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 becomes law, Florida's government would need to make up about $7.5 billion to maintain its current health care system. The bill, which is one of the Republican Party's long-promised answers to the Affordable Care Act imposes a cap on funding per enrollee and does away with the funds the federal government has matched for the ACA Medicaid expansion. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

See also:
» GOP health bill dtill a mystery before planned vote
» Paralyzed patients in Florida fear losing health care at home
» Sen. Nelson suggests fund to help keep health care stable
» Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate for the BCRA

Florida to pay $1 million in Docs Vs. Glocks legal fees

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. The agreement stemmed from a February ruling in Wollschlaeger v. Governor of Florida, which struck down key provisions of the Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act (FOPA), the so-called Florida “gag rule.” Florida was obligated to pay attorneys' fees since the law was found to violate constitutional rights. See a news release from the Brady Center, here. Also read more at Health News Florida.

Commentary: Florida legislature took steps to address mental health issues

The Florida Legislature is fighting on behalf of families, passing a variety of bills and increasing funding to attack the mental health problem from all sides. The challenge of addiction and mental illness continues to be great. But your Florida Legislature is taking steps to address some of these challenges. [Source: Fort Myers News-Press]

Trump administration pulls health law help in Florida, other states

President Donald Trump's administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, including three in Florida, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage. [Source: WUSF]

Florida Blue Foundation has $4.3M available for grants — here’s how to get some of it

The Florida Blue Foundation has roughly $4.3 million for grants split between two programs focused on improving mental and behavioral health and health service deliveries. The foundation’s Improve Consumer Health program has $2.4 million in funding for awareness and preventive projects designed to educate people about mental and behavioral health. [Source: Orlando Business Journal]

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› Healthcare careers are here to stay in Brevard County
Employment projections from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity indicate Brevard County healthcare industry employment for 2016-2024 will increase in hospitals by 12.6 percent; nursing and residential care facilities by 16 percent, and ambulatory health care services by 20 percent.

› Disabled Tampa man takes his story to center of health care debate
A 36-year-old Tampa resident is one of the forces that upended the GOP's seven-year mission of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, his story carried on TV, social media and in the Capitol itself.

› Florida Hospital looks at moving into northeast Lakeland
Officials from a large hospital chain have met with each city commissioner about building a hospital off Interstate 4 in northeast Lakeland. Florida Hospital officials told city leaders that they could build a clinic then possibly expand to a 200-bed hospital if needed.

› CHS sells Florida's Highlands Regional Medical Center to HCA
Embattled Franklin, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems is continuing their professed 30-hospital divestiture plans, with subsidiaries of the company announcing the sale of Highlands Regional Medical Center, a 126 bed hospital in Sebring, Florida to HCA Healthcare.

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