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 WLRN and WJXT.
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]
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]
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: Miami Herald]
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 Tampa Bay Times and the AP.
› Florida lawmakers chide marijuana office over slow roll-out [Health News Florida]
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 [The Apopka Voice]
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 [WLRN]
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 [Ocala Star Banner]
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.