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Lawmakers look to expand state-subsidized health insurance for children

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Lawmakers look to expand state-subsidized health insurance for children

| 11/30/2021

Lawmakers look to expand state-subsidized health insurance for children

Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers are looking at making more children eligible for the state ‘s health insurance this Session. Two proposals would increase the amount of money eligible beneficiaries can make. It would be the first expansion of the program in nearly a decade. Right now, households making less than 200% of the federal poverty level are eligible for the state’s subsidized health insurance for kids, known as KidCare. [Source: Florida Politics]

A judge will look again at Florida's effort to halt federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Pointing to a new state law, a federal judge has decided to reconsider Florida’s request for an injunction against a Biden administration requirement that workers at hospitals, nursing homes and other health-care providers be vaccinated against COVID-19. But lawyers in Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office and the Biden administration indicated they would rather fight it out at a federal appeals court. [Source: News Service of Florida]

Mental Health: Law enforcement officers are Baker Acting people at alarming rates

In the last year, a grand jury described Florida's mental illness treatment system as “a sad state” and one that has “urgent problems." In Polk County, mental health treatment stakeholders finished a year-long study recently that shows one in seven of your friends, neighbors and co-workers indicate that they live with depression or are otherwise at risk for behavioral health challenges. Law enforcement officials have become the front line in the battle with mental illness. [Source: Lakeland Ledger]

Medicare’s open enrollment period is also open season for scammers

Finding the best private Medicare drug or medical insurance plan among dozens of choices is tough enough without throwing misleading sales tactics into the mix. Yet federal officials say complaints are rising from seniors tricked into buying policies — without their consent or lured by questionable information — that may not cover their drugs or include their doctors. In response, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has threatened to penalize private insurance companies selling Medicare Advantage and drug plans if they or agents working on their behalf mislead consumers. [Source: Health News Florida]

Florida COVID-19 hospitalizations drop

The number of Florida hospital inpatients with COVID-19 dropped during the past week, according to data posted online Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The data showed 1,228 inpatients with COVID-19, down from 1,351 a week earlier. The data Monday also showed 239 COVID-19 patients in intensive-care units, down from 243 a week earlier. [Source: News Service of Florida]


› The owner who ran a $3 million Miami pill mill and the doctors who prescribed for him 
If you went to General Care Center pain clinic in a West Miami-Dade strip mall you didn’t need pain or a history of pain. You just needed a desire for oxycodone and cash. The doctors would take care of you. That’s in the federal court guilty plea of 40-year-old Miami resident Habib Geagea Palacios aka Habib Geagea. Palacios pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and one count of distributing a controlled substance.

› Hillsborough consolidates its COVID testing, vaccinations and treatment into one site
Hillsborough County has consolidated public COVID-19 testing, vaccines, boosters and antibody treatment therapy into one site. As of this past Saturday, the West Tampa Community Resource Center will offer COVID-19 testing, adult and Pfizer pediatric vaccinations, Pfizer booster shots, and antibody therapy treatment. It is now the only COVID-19 public site supported by the county.

› Florida assisted living facility may lose license after woman dies
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has begun a process to revoke a South Florida assisted living home’s license after a 69-year-old woman who went missing ended up dead in a car in the parking lot. Yvanne Moise left Victoria’s Retirement home in Lauderhill on Sept. 18 and never returned. The state health care agency’s recent inspection said the facility lacked a plan required by state law to address Moise’s “severe or persistent mental condition.”

› Nonprofit dedicated to mental health care opens in Neptune Beach
A trio of Beaches-area mayors, several local business owners and residents were on hand last week for the official ribbon-cutting of a new facility designed to offer hope to the hopeless. Here Tomorrow is a nonprofit organization serving the Beaches communities and Northeast Florida with a mission to prevent suicide by building a community where mental healthcare is acceptable and accessible.

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