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State Workshops Will Discuss Opioid Overdose Crisis

The drug overdose epidemic has killed thousands in Florida and Gov. Rick Scott is looking for answers. The state will hold workshops in four counties next week to talk about the problem.

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As legislators work out the details of implementing medical marijuana, pharmacists at the University of South Florida are determining how to deliver it as medication.

Florida House and Senate leaders have agreed to about $650 million in hospital payment cuts through Medicaid as part of a larger budget deal, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

'Stand Your Ground’ Change Still In Limbo

Apr 28, 2017

High noon is approaching in a standoff over part of a controversial bill dealing with "stand your ground" self-defense cases.

Health Department Rejects Trauma Center Ruling

Apr 28, 2017
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Amid a legislative debate about the approval of trauma centers, the Florida Department of Health on Thursday rejected a judge's ruling that the department improperly allowed a trauma facility to open at Orange Park Medical Center in Clay County.

A new administrator at the Bay Pines Healthcare System is being credited by veterans for resolving a paperwork snafu that had some low income VA clients being billed for medications they should have gotten for free.

Last week, the Florida House formally apologized to the former wards of two now-closed reform schools for the abuse they say they suffered. Now, the Florida Senate is now doing the same.

Florida lawmakers want to issue special certificates to families who experience miscarriages. Supporters say the bill is meant to comfort grieving parents. But there are concerns the bill could affect access to abortions.

House lawmakers could be in for a long fight over medical marijuana when it hits the floor.  The bill’s sponsor is finding common ground with the Senate, but Democrats have filed 25 amendments.

Gerald Chinchar, a Navy veteran who loves TV Westerns, isn't quite at the end of his life, but the end is probably not far away. The 77-year-old's medications fill a dresser drawer, and congestive heart failure puts him at high risk of emergency room visits and long hospital stays. He fell twice last year, shattering his hip and femur, and now gets around his San Diego home in a wheelchair.

Above all, Chinchar hopes to avoid another long stint in the hospital. He still likes to go watch his grandchildren's sporting events and play blackjack at the casino.

House Ready To Approve Trauma Care Changes

Apr 27, 2017
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The Florida House could vote as soon as Friday to approve changes to criteria for opening new trauma centers, after years of legal battling about the approval of trauma facilities.

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