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Gov. Scott proposes time limit on opioid prescriptions; $50 million investment to combat epidemic

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Gov. Scott proposes time limit on opioid prescriptions; $50 million investment to combat epidemic

| 9/26/2017

Gov. Scott proposes time limit on opioid prescriptions; $50 million investment to combat epidemic

Gov. Rick Scott has announced that during the upcoming legislative session, he will propose major legislation and more than $50 million to combat opioid abuse in Florida. Scott's plan calls for a three-day limit on prescribed opioids, unless strict conditions are met for a seven-day supply. The investment of more than $50 million will include funding for substance abuse treatment as well as counseling and recovery services. Read the governor's proposal here. Also see more at the Bradenton Herald.

Kiran and Pallavi Patel commit $200 million for Clearwater medical school

Tampa Bay philanthropists Dr. Kiran Patel and his wife, Dr. Pallavi Patel are spending $200 million to create and promote a Tampa Bay regional campus for the private Nova Southeastern University. Their commitment to the Fort Lauderdale-based university would rank among the largest individual commitments to a college or university. See the full announcement from NSU, here. Also read more at the Tampa Bay Times.

Analyses suggest GOP health care bill means less coverage in Florida

A last-ditch GOP effort to replace the Affordable Care Act with a leaner plan and give states more flexibility to implement health coverage would cost Florida billions over the next decade, according to two analyses of the measure. More from the Naples Daily News, the AP, and Politifact Florida.

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» State-by-state estimates of changes in federal spending on health care under the Graham-Cassidy Bill
» As health care bill teeters, GOP adds money to woo dissidents

Florida depending on funding for children’s health insurance

Recent efforts in Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare are overshadowing an important deadline to fund children's health insurance. Federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, is set to run out on Sept. 30. [Source: WUSF]

Florida lawmakers in Washington seek better protections for seniors after natural disasters

Ongoing controversy over the care of senior citizens during Hurricane Irma has triggered a call for a Congressional panel to study ways to provide better care and avoid deaths. Reps. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, on Monday introduced the “Protecting Seniors During Disasters Act." [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

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» Report: Gov. Scott deleted nursing home voicemails ahead of deaths

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Florida reverses decision to shield information from nursing home inspection reports
Florida regulators decided Friday they will abandon the use of software that allowed them to heavily redact key words from nursing home inspection reports posted online, choosing instead to link to the more complete reports available on a federal site.

› Florida Hospital Carrollwood unveils new cath lab for heart patients
Florida Hospital Carrollwood has taken the wraps off its new hybrid catheterization lab for heart patients.

› Jacksonville moves forward with plan to sue opioid manufacturers
The City of Jacksonville is moving forward with plans to launch a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies for their role in the city’s worsening opioid addiction crisis.

› Southwest Florida clinic offers help after hurricane Irma
The Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida is offering affordable and transportable healthcare treatments for people across Southwest Florida in need after the storm.

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