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Lawmakers seek to expand publicly funded health insurance for children

Democratic and Republican lawmakers plan to make more children eligible for state health insurance this session. Two proposals would increase the amount of money eligible recipients can earn. This would be the first expansion of the program in nearly a decade. Currently, households earning less than 200% of the federal poverty line are eligible for state-subsidized children’s health insurance, known as KidCare. [Source: Florida Politics]

Judge to re-examine Florida efforts to suspend federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Citing new state law, a federal judge ruled to reconsider Florida’s injunction request against a Biden administration demand that workers in hospitals, nursing homes, and other providers of healthcare should be vaccinated against COVID-19. But attorneys for Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office and the Biden administration have indicated they would rather fight in a federal appeals court. [Source: News Service of Florida]

Mental health: Law enforcement officers are Baker Actors at alarming rates

Last year, a grand jury described Florida’s mental illness treatment system as “a sad state” and one with “urgent problems.” your friends, neighbors, and coworkers report living with depression or otherwise at risk for behavioral health issues. Law enforcement officials have become the front line in the fight against mental illness. [Source: Lakeland Ledger]

The Medicare registration period is also open to fraudsters

Finding the best private drug or Medicare plan out of dozens of choices is hard enough without adding deceptive sales tactics. Yet federal officials say the complaints come from seniors who have been tricked into purchasing policies – without their consent or drawn to questionable information – who may not cover their medications or include their doctors. In response, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services threatened to penalize private insurance companies selling Medicare Advantage and drug plans if they or agents working on their behalf mislead consumers. [Source: Health News Florida]

COVID-19 hospitalizations drop in Florida

The number of patients hospitalized in Florida with COVID-19 has dropped over the past week, according to data released online Monday by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Data showed 1,228 hospitalized patients with COVID-19, up from 1,351 a week earlier. Data on Monday also showed 239 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, up from 243 a week earlier. [Source: News Service of Florida]


›The owner who ran a $ 3 million pill mill in Miami and the doctors who prescribed him
If you went to the General Care Center Pain Clinic in a West Miami-Dade mall, you didn’t need any pain or a history of pain. You just needed a craving for oxycodone and cash. The doctors would take care of you. It’s in the federal court plea of ​​Habib Geagea Palacios, a 40-year-old Miami resident, aka Habib Geagea. Palacios pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and one count of distributing a controlled substance.

›Hillsborough Consolidates COVID Testing, Vaccinations and Treatments into One Site
Hillsborough County has consolidated public COVID-19 testing, vaccines, boosters and antibody treatment at one site. Starting this Saturday, the West Tampa Community Resource Center will offer COVID-19 testing, pediatric adult and Pfizer vaccinations, Pfizer booster shots and treatment with antibody therapy. It is now the only public COVID-19 site supported by the county.

›Assisted living in Florida could lose its license after the death of a woman
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has begun a process to revoke a South Florida assisted living permit after a missing 69-year-old woman was found dead in a car on the car park. Yvanne Moise left Victoria’s retirement home in Lauderhill on September 18 and never returned. The state’s recent health care agency inspection found that the facility did not have a plan required by state law to deal with Moise’s “severe or persistent mental condition”.

›Opening of a non-profit organization dedicated to mental health care in Neptune Beach
A trio of Beaches area mayors, several local business owners and residents were on hand last week for the official opening of a new facility designed to provide hope to the desperate. Here Tomorrow is a non-profit organization serving the communities of Beaches and Northeast Florida with a mission to prevent suicide by creating a community where mental health care is acceptable and accessible.

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