Health

Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin Jan. 19

BY: - January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday launched a new website for Americans to request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The administration is buying 1 billion at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and Americans will be able to begin ordering the tests online on Jan. 19 at COVIDtests.gov. This is part of the administration’s effort to […]

FL’s growing medical marijuana program could lead to changes, from better access to stricter rules

BY: - January 14, 2022

With Florida’s medical marijuana program continuing to grow as more patients seek approval for marijuana cards, some state lawmakers in the 2022 session are pursuing changes to make it easier to access medical marijuana, raising concerns from some marijuana activists that physicians could be negatively impacted. The changes could mean everything from allowing patients to […]

Lawmakers move to extend protections for health providers against COVID lawsuits

BY: - January 14, 2022

For all that Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state’s Republican leaders play up their “freedom” agenda at the expense of COVID-19 mitigation, an average Floridian might conclude the coronavirus isn’t such a big deal anymore. So why are the state House and Senate advancing legislation extending the liability shield enacted last year, to protect health […]

‘Whatever it takes’: Abortion rights activists are preparing for battle

BY: - January 13, 2022

The Florida National Organization for Women (NOW) on Thursday said they’ll be pushing a “forceful statewide campaign to protect reproductive health and rights,” with lawmakers, lobbyists and various organizations preparing for a fight over a proposed 15-week abortion ban. And it’s only Day 3 in the Florida Legislature. HB 5 and SB 146 are the […]

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School personnel shouldn’t use handcuffs on students, lawmaker proposes

BY: - January 13, 2022

In Florida’s public school system, school personnel can use handcuffs, zip-ties, straightjackets or other devices on students who are acting out or misbehaving in a way that poses a threat to themselves or others. But legislation filed in the 2022 legislative session would prohibit school personnel from using those methods — potentially sparing students, especially […]

Biden sends medical teams to 6 states, promises more free COVID tests and masks

BY: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the federal government will deploy military medical units to six states to assist hospitals overwhelmed with the recent spike of the omicron coronavirus variant. Starting next week, more than 120 medical personnel — the beginning of a deployment of 1,000 service members — will go to hospitals […]

Following Surfside tragedy: ‘Why are we punishing homeowners who are completely innocent?’

BY: - January 13, 2022

In the wake of the deadly collapse of a South Florida condominium in Surfside in June, lawmakers in Tallahassee this week are pursuing legislation to protect builders from frivolous lawsuits. But Rick Nutter, speaking for the Florida Homeowners Association, complained the bill does not protect homeowners. The bill “will essentially make Florida the least consumer-friendly […]

Lawmakers, activists, take to Capitol steps to vow resistance to 15-week abortion ban

BY: - January 12, 2022

State lawmakers and women’s right activists took a stand on the Old Capitol steps to let Republican legislators know that they are ready to fight efforts to ban abortion at 15 weeks. During a rally on Wednesday, they spoke out against HB 5, a bill that would prohibit a physician from terminating a pregnancy if […]

Unused COVID tests are being distributed at last as FDA extends expiration date

BY: - January 12, 2022

State officials will distribute nearly 1 million COVID tests that ostensibly expired late last month now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has concluded they will remain effective for another three months. Democratic Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried on Dec. 30 sharply criticized the Republican DeSantis administration for failure to distribute […]

FL Democratic agenda for 2022 session and all Floridians: Healthy, prosperous and safe

BY: - January 11, 2022

With the 2022 legislative session underway, Florida Democrats have an agenda and they’re not losing sight of their goals. Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ State of the State address, House Democratic Leader Evan Jenne and Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book responded on behalf of Democrats with these things in mind: The main focus is to protect […]

On first day of 2022 legislative session, FL lawmakers file ban on abortions after 15 weeks

BY: - January 11, 2022

About a month after oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi, Florida State Rep. Erin Grall filed a bill that would prohibit a physician from performing an abortion after 15 weeks. HB 5, and its companion bill SB 146, filed by Sen. Kelli Stargel, does not seem to […]

Female-oriented issues may be huge topics in the male-dominated 2022 legislative session

BY: - January 11, 2022

Tuesday marks the official start of the 2022 legislative session, where members of the Florida House and Senate will congregate in their chambers. But for the most part, those members are guys. In Florida’s House of Representatives, 78 men will join only 40 women to kick off the new session. On the other side of […]