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Scott includes funds for healthcare for poor and uninsured in his budget

Scott includes funds for healthcare for poor and uninsured in his budget

The "Low Income Pool" program, known as the LIP program, is the safety healthcare safety net for the poor, providing $1 billion a year to hospitals and other providers that care for large numbers of low-income and uninsured patients. As I've reported last year, LIP is scheduled to expire June 30, [...]

League calls out state leaders on health care

League calls out state leaders on health care

The Florida League of Women Voters sent out this press release: The Sunshine State has one of the highest rates of uninsured in the nation, and things could get worse, experts warn, if the Legislature does not take action. Experts painted a grim picture of health care in Florida on Thursday [...]

Chicago group announces intent to purchase Studer Group

Chicago group announces intent to purchase Studer Group

The Chicago-based Huron Consulting Group announced today on its website its intent to purchase the Studer Group for $325 million,paid via $323 million in cash and $2 million in Huron common stock. The transaction is expected to close next month. "The healthcare industry is facing immense [...]

Lawmakers to consider new medical marijuana plan

Lawmakers to consider new medical marijuana plan

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Less than three months after Florida voters narrowly rejected a plan to legalize medical marijuana, a Republican senator Monday filed a bill that would allow patients to get pot if they suffer from diseases such as cancer, AIDS, epilepsy or multiple [...]

Weekend Buzz: Children, Cyber Warriors, LeaP and Wedgwood

Weekend Buzz: Children, Cyber Warriors, LeaP and Wedgwood

The long-awaited decision for Ascension to build a regional children’s hospital in Pensacola has been made. The daily newspaper reports in its Monday edition that the Sacred Heart executives announced yesterday plans to build a new, standalone children's hospital on the grounds of the current [...]

GB mom named to medical marijuana rules panel

GB mom named to medical marijuana rules panel

Five nurseries will be part of a 12 member panel announced Friday to hammer out rules on who can grow medical marijuana and how it will be distributed to patients. The rule-makers selected by the state Office of Compassionate Use will meet the first week of February in Tallahassee to set up the [...]

Latest draft of Charlotte’ Web rules fleshes out requirements for growers

Latest draft of Charlotte’ Web rules fleshes out requirements for growers

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A panel comprised of the director of the state Office of Compassionate Use, an accountant and a member of the Drug Policy Advisory Council would pick five nurseries to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana under a revamped rule released Thursday by [...]

Florida Chamber offers alternative health insurance plan

Florida Chamber offers alternative health insurance plan

The Florida Chamber of Commerce today released its "Smarter Healthcare Coverage in Florida" plan, a seven-point comprehensive healthcare plan that "calls for bending the cost curve for Florida’s families and job creators by eliminating the $1.4 billion in hidden healthcare taxes." The Florida [...]

More delays for Charlotte’s Web

More delays for Charlotte’s Web

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Lawmakers will have to sign off on a new rule to kick-start the state's nascent medical marijuana industry, meaning another likely delay in the law that was supposed to take full effect Thursday. Office of Compassionate Use Director Patricia Nelson, [...]

Big day for Charlotte’s Web

Big day for Charlotte’s Web

The Florida Department of Health will hold a workshop today as it tries to develop a regulatory framework to carry out a new law that allows limited types of medical marijuana, such as Charlotte's Web, in the state. An administrative law judge rejected an earlier rule proposed by the [...]

Senate president opens door to expand health coverage

Senate president opens door to expand health coverage

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, left open the possibility Wednesday that his chamber will consider an expansion of health coverage for low-income Floridians. Gardiner described as "intriguing" a proposal that would accept billions of [...]

Churches challenged to trim the fat

Churches challenged to trim the fat

Healthy Lives of Baptist Health Care has created a Get Healthy Pensacola Church Challenge for local area churches. The church-based weight loss competition is to promote healthy eating habits and aid in maintaining a healthy lifestyle within our community. The winner of the competition will be [...]

Affordable Care Act Navigator Office Hours

Affordable Care Act Navigator Office Hours

The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF), a state licensed and federally certified provider of in-person Navigation assistance for Floridians wanting to shop and enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, will be holding open office hours throughout the state this week. November 15 marked the [...]

Local hospitals could lose millions without Medicaid expansion

Local hospitals could lose millions without Medicaid expansion

Florida’s non-profit and charity medical facilities that serve low income uninsured face a loss of almost $2 billion in annual revenue when the state’s Low-Income Pool Program (LIP) is scheduled to end June 30, 2015. The impact on hospitals in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties will be over [...]

Baptist CEO Faulkner named Vice Chair/Chairman-Elect of the Florida Hospital Association

Baptist CEO Faulkner named Vice Chair/Chairman-Elect of the Florida Hospital Association

Baptist Health Care President and CEO Mark Faulkner has been selected the Vice Chair/Chairman-Elect of the Florida Hospital Association 2014-15 Board of Trustees. "It is an honor to represent Baptist Health Care and our community while serving with fellow health care leaders across the state [...]

State redirects funds to prepare for possible Ebola threat

State redirects funds to prepare for possible Ebola threat

Letter from State Surgeon General to CDC: Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH Director Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2920 Brandywine Road Atlanta, GA 30341 Re: 5U90TP000508-03 Notice of Redirection of Funds Dear Dr. Frieden, This letter is to notify you of the Florida Department [...]

Debate brews over whether medical pot already legal

Debate brews over whether medical pot already legal

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A Jacksonville law firm has created a firestorm in the already heated debate about whether Floridians should allow doctors to order medical marijuana for sick patients. Lawyer Ian Christensen and his colleague Christopher Ralph contend that a [...]

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