States that elected Donald Trump, including Florida, most affected by his health care decision
President Donald Trump‘s decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that was benefiting roughly 6 million Americans helps fulfill a campaign promise, but it also risks harming some of the very people who helped him win the presidency. [Source: AP]
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One requirement of Florida's medical marijuana law was the creation of a panel to review all physician certifications submitted to the medical marijuana use registry. Critics of the panel are worried the members will use this data to punish doctors who routinely authorize the medicine. Story from WUSF news, here.
While there no doubt will be many contentious issues in the 2018 Legislative Session, the fight against opioid addiction will not be one of them. State leaders unveiled legislation Friday aimed at curbing the problem of opioid abuse in Florida through a variety of new regulations, including limits on the supply of prescription pain pills given to patients. More from Florida Politics, the Daily Commercial, and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
A growing number of hospitals nationwide have invested in housing programs in recent years, from Florida to Chicago and farther west. The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), a national lender and promoter of housing development for homeless people, says hospitals put $75 million to $100 million into projects it has embraced over the past several years. Full story from Kaiser Health News, here.
More than 2.4 million seniors in Florida rely on Medicare, and a good chunk of them could face rising health care premiums next year. Experts say Floridians will be among the millions affected nationwide by anticipated rising premiums for Part B plans, which cover outpatient care, doctor bills, physical therapy and more routine health services. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
› Tech startup LifeWallet helps consumers take control of their health [Miami Herald]
LifeWallet, a South Florida-based startup, creates digital health assistants in the form of apps and care programs. “We empower consumers and communities to lead healthier lifestyles and take control of their health,” said Norberto Menendez, LifeWallet’s founder and CEO.
› New testing system could be good news for diabetics, pose challenges for Broward company [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Trividia Health of Fort Lauderdale, which makes blood glucose meters and strips for diabetics, could well be among the companies that feel economic pressure from a new product.
› Florida nursing homes seek variance from generator requirement [CBS Miami]
As industry attorneys waged a legal battle over new rules that require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators that can power air-conditioning systems, providers worried that they cannot meet the mandate by November 15th are asking for variances from the rules.
› Shares in Tampa's Health Insurance Innovations rebound from stronger earnings report [Tampa Bay Times]
After a sharp drop in its stock price in August and September, Health Insurance Innovations on Monday announced strong revenue and net income gains in preliminary numbers for its third quarter of the year.