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In Florida, Medicaid is a matter of life and death

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Note: Totals may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Source: Kaiser Family Foundation analysis based on 2016 Medicaid eligibility levels and 2016 Current Population Survey.

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In Florida, Medicaid is a matter of life and death

| 8/15/2017

In Florida, Medicaid is a matter of life and death

Floridians in what's called the "Medicaid gap" are adults who earn too little to qualify for ACA subsidies and are ineligible for Medicaid unless they fall into a special category, such as pregnant women, parents of children under 19, seniors and certain disabled people. [Source: US News & World Report]

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Mental health care slips through the cracks in Florida’s budget

When Florida lawmakers approved a last-minute budget in special session earlier this year, $20.4 million in federal funding for mental health services expired with no plans to make up for it. Now, mental health and substance abuse facilities across the state are looking at slashing services—sometimes in half. Full story from WGCU, here.

What happened to Zika? Florida has no local cases this year - so far

A year after the first outbreak of Zika in Miami, the mosquito-borne virus’s once-menacing march has slowed to a crawl, with Florida health officials reporting fewer infections in 2017 than last year and no local cases so far. [Source: Miami Herald]

Hospitals unlikely to get all of $1.5 billion in LIP funding for charity care

Florida hospitals recently learned that an agreement between the state and federal governments will provide them with up to $1.5 billion to cover care for people who can’t pay. But local governments will have to put up $559 million in matching funds before hospitals can access all of that money. Full story from Health News Florida, here.

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Healthier connections in Florida cities

Health considerations, and health impact assessments, are becoming part of the planning process in more and more civic and business contexts: In road and highway planning, for example, where the route and type of road can affect the health of residents nearby. Full column from editor Mark Howard, here.

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The Florida Department of Health in Broward County has launched another free dental service for children – fluoride treatment to prevent cavities.

› Jacksonville hospital tries new program to stop opioid overdoses
Officials hope a pilot program will reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths in Jacksonville. The program launches at St. Vincent's Medical Center Riverside in Jacksonville in October.

› Tampa Obamacare sign-up organizers brace for shortened enrollment, less help
As Republicans in Congress and the White House have an on-again, off-again debate about repealing Obamacare, a couple of developments on the ground are expected to affect this winter's open enrollment period for coverage.

› All liquid drugs made by Davie company recalled as FDA advises not to use them
For the second time in 10 months, the FDA has issued an advisory to avoid liquid drug products made at Davie company PharmaTech after finding Burkholderia cepacia contamination in the products.

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