Health

Medicaid patients who need to get to the doctor: There should be an app for that, lawmaker says

BY: - February 20, 2019

It’s often a hassle getting to a doctor’s appointment and back in a timely way. It’s even worse if you’re sick and poor. You might not have a car. Your medical condition might prevent you from driving. It’s a dilemma faced by many of the 3.87 million Floridians who rely on Medicaid, the state-federal health […]

Helping addicts survive: FL lawmakers advance statewide needle exchange program

BY: - February 19, 2019

Five Florida cities made the top ten list for new U.S. HIV cases in 2016, the most recent year of data analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That distinction makes the time ripe for Florida to expand statewide a needle-exchange pilot program first introduced in Miami-Dade County four years ago, says state […]

COMMENTARY
One Year Anniversary Parkland tragedy

Drug smuggling, organized crime and now, education: A statewide grand jury is a novel approach to keeping kids safe at school

BY: - February 18, 2019

Once upon a time a Florida governor decided to create a Statewide Grand Jury so the good guys could eliminate drug smuggling. That governor was Reubin Askew and we all know how that ended. Gov. Ron DeSantis wants a Statewide Grand Jury to deal with violence in public schools. It could well turn out to […]

Hospital

As Hospitals Post Sticker Prices Online, Most Patients Will Remain Befuddled

BY: - February 15, 2019

As of Jan. 1, in the name of transparency, the Trump administration required that all hospitals post their list prices online. But what is popping up on medical center websites is a dog’s breakfast of medical codes, abbreviations and dollar signs — in little discernible order — that may initially serve to confuse more than […]

PIttsburgh Synagogue Shooting

FL hate crimes law excludes women and the disabled. “What does that say about our state?”

BY: - February 14, 2019

A three-month investigation by local law enforcement this week determined that the man who killed two women at a Tallahassee yoga studio last November was motivated by a lifetime of hatred toward women, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. Yet if the assailant – 40-year-old Scott Beierle – had survived – his act would not be […]

Gov. Ron DeSantis

Gov. DeSantis signs executive order on school safety; calls some measures incomplete and “unacceptable”

BY: - February 13, 2019

A day before the one-year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order outlining how to keep schools safe and finish incomplete safety initiatives considered “unacceptable.” For example, the order states that the Department of Education and the Department of Law Enforcement by Dec. 1, 2018 were […]

Gov. DeSantis to meet with moms in South Fla. minority communities who have lost kids to gun violence

BY: - February 13, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to go to South Florida within the next month to meet with mothers who have lost children to gun violence. That meeting stems from a request by state Representative Shevrin Jones, a Democrat serving part of Broward County, who last week asked the governor to form a commission to address gun […]

Anna Eskamani and other Florida Dem. lawmakers at Capitol

Florida Dems introduce new “common sense” gun-control measures, but will they pass?

BY: - February 12, 2019

A year after the Republican-led Legislature reduced access to guns following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy, Florida Democrats have unveiled an assortment of bills and proposals to further reduce gun violence. They’ve already introduced more than half-a-dozen measures in advance of the 2019 spring legislative session. And at a press conference at the Capitol on […]

Reddish Egret

Saving the Gulf Coast for both birds and people: A massive effort

BY: - February 12, 2019

The National Audubon Society is recommending $1.7-billion in projects, including key programs in Florida, to restore and conserve the Gulf of Mexico region from disasters ranging from hurricanes to oil spills. It’s the largest ecosystem restoration effort ever attempted, according to the nonprofit conservation organization, with projects spanning Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Louisana and Florida. The […]

Changes could be “uncomfortable” with controversial new Medicaid director at the helm

BY: - February 12, 2019

Mary Mayhew, head of the Agency for Health Care Administration, says she expects changes at the $29-billion agency designed to help the state’s most vulnerable people. “We can’t sit back and manage to the status quo or to become complacent about the approaches. I believe in a culture of continuous process and quality improvement. That […]

Here’s what’s happening on gun laws, a year after South Florida high school mass shooting shattered a community

BY: - February 12, 2019

This Thursday marks the one-year anniversary that a troubled ex-student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, shooting 31 people and killing 17. The tragedy ranked among Florida’s worst mass shootings, behind the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. On that June night, a 29-year-old security guard carrying semiautomatic weapons opened fire in […]

Florida’s top financial regulator warns about “duffle bags of cash”

BY: - February 8, 2019

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis wants Donald Trump to do something about duffle bags stuffed with millions in cash. The bags, he says, are being transported all over the state due to the state’s growing medical-marijuana industry. It’s a serious problem, said Patronis, a Republican who oversees the state’s banking industry. He explains it […]