In one year, the number of Florida kids with no health insurance went up by 37,000
A new report says the number of uninsured children rose nationally last year, and that Florida was one of the states where it increased the most. The report, released early today by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, found that Florida, after years of marking declines in the number of children without health insurance, is suddenly seeing a rise. See the full report here and read more from the Tampa Bay Times, the Ocala Star-Banner, and WUSF.
Florida hospitals are battling about cancer treatment and the appropriate level of state regulation of bone-marrow transplants. Both sides squared off at an hour-long meeting in Tallahassee, where regulators went over proposed changes to some of Florida’s certificate-of-need rules. [Source: Panama City News Herald]
Despite fears that the move could cut access to health care for poor residents, Florida has won approval from the federal government for a change that will let the state reduce how much it spends on Medicaid. The change in how the state administers the safety-net program was approved by federal officials Friday and took effect over the weekend. [Source: WJXT]
Health officials in Florida have issued a hepatitis A advisory after a spike in cases in the Tampa and Orlando areas. A statement from the Florida Department of Health urged people, especially those considered at risk, to get vaccinated. More from WFLA and Space Coast Daily.
Compared with the nation overall, enrollments in 2019 Affordable Care Act plans are holding steady in the Sunshine State. Through the first four weeks of the six-week open enrollment period, Florida consumers have selected 622,664 plans through the official Healthcare.gov website, according to newly released figures from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
› Tampa General Hospital reaches 10,000 organ transplant milestone [WUSF]
Tampa General Hospital performed its first kidney transplant in 1974 and by 1985 had completed Florida’s first successful heart transplant. In October of this year, they hit the ten-thousand transplant mark.
› Court backs state in death records dispute [Florida Politics]
An appeals court Friday sided with the Florida Department of Health in a battle about turning over thousands of death records to a Broward County nursing home that was shut down by the state after residents died following Hurricane Irma.
› Florida Blue coming to Panama City for a week to provide services [WMBB]
The team from the Florida Blue center in Tallahassee is going to be set up in the Panama City Walmart parking lot all this week. They will be offering services to all residents, not just Florida Blue members. Officials will also be distributing relief packages.
› Radiology unit and community garden will cater to pediatric patients at new clinic in Winter Garden [Health News Florida]
West Orange County will be getting a clinic for uninsured pediatric patients in the new year. The new West Orange County clinic will offer full radiology services along with a community garden that addresses food insecurity while teaching children about the importance of healthy eating.