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Vaping Could Be Added to State Smoking Ban

March 20, 2018 - 5:45pm

Florida banned smoking in workplaces more than 15 years ago, and a powerful state panel on Tuesday backed a proposal that would add vaping and electronic cigarettes to the ban.

Key Health Budget Issues Could Get Kicked Upstairs

February 28, 2018 - 4:45pm
Anitere Flores
A top budget writer said Wednesday she doesn’t expect a conference committee to settle all the differences between the House and Senate on health-care spending, leaving the issues to be decided by legislative leaders.
 
At the first health-care conference committee meeting Wednesday, Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Chairwoman Anitere Flores, R-Miami, said she expects the chambers’ disparate policies on hospital funding to be “dealt with later on in session.”
 

Needle Exchange Program Could Expand in South Florida

February 27, 2018 - 7:15pm
Cary Pigman
An effort to expand a needle-exchange program statewide was scrapped Tuesday by a House health care committee, which agreed to extend the Miami-Dade County program to two additional Southeast Florida counties.
 
“In the spirit of baby steps, I encourage you to support this,” Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, told members of the House Health & Human Services Committee.
 

House Adds Exceptions for Opioid Limits

February 21, 2018 - 6:45pm

People with cancer or terminal illnesses and certain trauma patients would be exempted from opioid-prescription limits being considered by lawmakers, under a bill approved Wednesday by a House health-care panel.

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Lawmakers Could Expand Needle-Exchange Program

January 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

Two years after lawmakers approved a needle-and-syringe exchange program in Miami-Dade County, the House and Senate are considering taking it statewide and expanding the types of providers who can offer the services.

Democrats Blast Scott as Session Starts

January 9, 2018 - 6:30pm
Oscar Braynon

As Republican Gov. Rick Scott laid out priorities Tuesday in his final State of the State address, Democratic lawmakers and members of an advocacy group called “Awake the State” delivered their own opening-day message: Scott’s days in Tallahassee are coming to an end.

Health Care Spending, Regulations Confront Lawmakers

December 27, 2017 - 6:15pm

(This is the second part of a series of stories previewing issues for the 2018 legislative session.)

Battles over health-care spending and regulation of Florida's vast health-care industry are likely to command a great deal of time and attention when the Florida Legislature convenes in January for its annual session.

Lawmakers are again expected to engage in a tug-of-war about what type of regulations should be in place for health-care facilities, but a main focus will be on Florida's strained safety-net health program at a time of tight state finances.

Assisted Living Facilities Face $280 Million Tab for Generators

November 29, 2017 - 6:15pm

Gov. Rick Scott's mandate that all assisted living facilities have generators and 96 hours of backup fuel will cost the industry about $280 million, according to estimates published Wednesday by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

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