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Healthcare deregulation on fast track in Florida House

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Healthcare deregulation on fast track in Florida House

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Healthcare deregulation on fast track in Florida House

When House Speaker José Oliva gaveled in the new legislative session this week, he promised he would fight rising healthcare costs by pushing to deregulate the market — and several of his promised bills are starting to get their first approvals in committee stops. It’s typical for leadership priorities to be among the first to be heard in committees so they can reach the floor earliest during the 60-day legislative session and have the best chance of passing each chamber. More from the and the Miami Herald.

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Husband-and-wife physicians create non-profit to train care workers in Haiti

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› Hillsborough health plan expands eligibility, benefits
A health plan that provides care to low-income Hillsborough County residents is expanding to serve more people. The changes, approved by Hillsborough County commissioners, will increase the income level for eligibility, provide vision benefits and do away with a rule that disqualified residents who had three felony convictions.

› The Law: Retroactive Medicaid in Florida has been eliminated. Is that good or bad?
Medicaid is a joint federal and state health insurance program that will help many people with limited income and resources pay for their health care. For those with disabilities or illness and no funds available to pay for care, Medicaid health insurance is often the only option available.

› If you need medical marijuana, you better not be in a Florida nursing home or ALF
Fears over losing Medicaid and Medicare funding — because federal law still considers all marijuana use illegal — keep most nursing homes and assisted living facilities pot-free, despite recommendations from doctors to card-holding patients who reside there.

› Bill addresses sexual misconduct at health care facilities
Florida could require every health care facility in the state to put in place a policy mandating employees report acts or suspected acts of sexual misconduct involving patients. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee unanimously approved a bill Monday that would make the sexual misconduct reporting policy a condition for licensure.

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