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Thousands of Florida kids lost Medicaid, now some have no coverage

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Thousands of Florida kids lost Medicaid, now some have no coverage

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Thousands of Florida kids lost Medicaid, now some have no coverage

It’s been one year since Florida began sending letters of Medicaid redetermination. About 979,000 people have been disenrolled, and as predicted, the impact has been felt much more by children. In total, the state has seen nearly 460,000 kids lose coverage. Only about 49,000 have successfully migrated to Florida KidCare — the state’s children's health insurance program, also known as CHIP. [Source: WLRN]

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The number of Floridians serving as caregivers for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias is an estimated 840,000, an increase of 13,000 in just one year, according to an annual report from the Alzheimer's Association. Caregiving takes a toll on families hit by the degenerative brain disease, but a new program from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could lessen that burden. [Source: Health News Florida]

Column: Will Florida be able to recruit and retain physicians?

Florida has many dedicated and hard working physicians who devote their careers to maintaining and improving the health care of their patients. It is essential that the state has a program so that these physicians are retained. Their practices will soon become extremely busy and probably overwhelmed due to 1,000 people a day moving into Florida. It is also crucial to retain our present newly trained physicians from Florida’s medical schools and residency programs. [Source: Fort Myers News-Press]

Who pays when AI steers your doctor wrong?

Doctors using new artificial intelligence tools to help them diagnose and treat their patients say they wish Congress would provide some clarity on a big unanswered question: Who pays if AI makes a mistake? Advancements in AI promise to improve care, but only if doctors trust the systems and are protected from liability, according to the country’s leading physicians’ group, the American Medical Association. [Source: Politico]

Florida education officials eye naloxone for opioid overdoses in public college housing

The State Board of Education is slated this week to approve a proposal that would require public colleges to have supplies of emergency opioid antagonists in residence halls and dormitories. Under the proposal, which could get final approval from the State Board of Education during a meeting Wednesday, college housing would be required to have injectable or intranasal opioid antagonists in clearly marked locations. [Source: News Service of Florida]

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