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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 [...]

Pot rule placed on hold

Pot rule placed on hold

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Health regulators will almost certainly delay a rule that will eventually create the framework for the state's new medical marijuana industry after an outcry from a legislative panel saying the proposed regulation went too far. At what was expected to [...]

Legislative panel questions proposed pot rule

Legislative panel questions proposed pot rule

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A legislative panel that plays a key role in overseeing state agencies has joined the chorus of critics seeking changes to a proposed soup-to-nuts rule setting up Florida's new medical-marijuana industry. A 19-page letter from the Joint Administrative [...]

STD rates soar in Escambia County

STD rates soar in Escambia County

Escambia County has a sexually transmitted disease problem. Infectious syphilis cases have more than doubled in Florida over the past decade — and in Escambia County reported cases have jumped from 2 to 47 in the same time frame, according to the Florida Department of Health. Cases of [...]

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