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Health centers weigh funding changes

| 10/31/2017

Health centers weigh funding changes

Florida health care officials are offering $50 million to federally qualified health centers to help offset the costs of care they will provide to poor residents in the coming year. It's more money than the centers have ever been offered under the state's long-running Low Income Pool, or LIP, program. More from and WJXT.

Critics question doctors making millions for 'denying' healthcare

Some Florida doctors who streamline healthcare and in the process, save on costs, are getting a portion of that savings from the government as an incentive. Critics call it an unintended consequence of the Affordable Care Act. [Source: CBS 12]

Opioid emergency declaration will likely have limited impact in Florida

President Donald Trump has declared a nationwide public health emergency for the opioid crisis. But the immediate impact in Florida will be minimal. The move allows for a handful of policy tweaks but no new money. [Source: WUSF]

Confused about Obamacare enrollment? Burden falls on Florida insurers and advocates

With the fifth year of open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage due to begin Nov. 1, Florida insurers and consumer advocates have six weeks to reach Floridians who may be more discouraged and confused than ever about the health law commonly known as Obamacare. [Source: ]

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Rick Scott loses bid to set deadline for nursing homes

In a blow to Gov. Rick Scott's efforts to order backup generator power at nursing homes and senior living facilities before the end of the hurricane season, a Tallahassee judge on Friday invalidated the emergency rule as an overreaction to the deaths at a Broward nursing home. More from the and the AP.

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» Judge sets dates for hearings on nursing home's license


› Florida lawmakers chide marijuana office over slow roll-out
Florida health officials are under fire for the slow implementation of the latest medical marijuana law. State lawmakers are rejecting the department's excuses.

› Florida Hospital hosts second collection drive for Puerto Rico
Florida Hospital, in partnership with Cox Media Group Orlando and the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, hosted a second “Blessings for Puerto Rico” collection drive.

› State Zika cases reach 200 in 2017
Florida has had 200 cases of the Zika virus in 2017, with most stemming from people who contracted the disease elsewhere and brought it into the state, according to information posted on the Florida Department of Health website.

› Heart of Florida Health Center looking for new leadership
After two years heading Heart of Florida Health Center, CEO Rich Mutarelli is calling it quits. Mutarelli gave his resignation, which becomes effective Nov.1, as Marion County’s largest non-profit, primary healthcare provider to the poor.

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