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5 Things Florida: Medicaid flexibilities ending, Q&A w/Alison Yager, Suicide Task Force

| Jul 8, 2021 | Florida

While DJ is out trying to get in a well-deserved vacation, I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the managing editor here at State of Reform where I have my eye on health care and health policy in Florida and a number of other states....[ Read More ]

First Responders Suicide Deterrence Task Force finalizes recommendations and annual report

| Jul 7, 2021 | Florida

The Florida First Responders Suicide Deterrence Task Force -- with representatives from five first responder organizations, behavioral health professionals and representatives from the Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention (SOSP) and Florida Division of Emergency Management -- discussed action items and recommendations for stakeholders at its June meeting. The task force...[ Read More ]

Florida rescinds COVID-19 Medicaid flexibilities

| Jul 1, 2021 | Florida

July marks the elimination of several Medicaid measures that provided flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, the Agency for Health Care Administration posted a series of announcements detailing the reversal of policies that lifted authorization requirements and other barriers to care.      The agency reasoned the state is...[ Read More ]

Gov. Ron DeSantis announces emotional support resources for Surfside community

| Jun 30, 2021 | Florida

As search and rescue efforts in the Champlain Towers collapse in Surfside, Florida reach one week, state leaders have launched a platform to provide emotional support and assistance for those affected by the disaster. is a joint effort from federal, state, and local municipalities. The platform provides a directory...[ Read More ]

Florida should remove restrictions for peer recovery specialists, behavioral health leader says

| Jun 28, 2021 | Florida

Over the course of the pandemic, higher levels of social isolation have taken a toll on Floridians’ behavioral health. In 2020, non-fatal opioid overdoses increased by 40 percent compared to 2019, according to the Florida Dept. of Health. However, some experts say the state overdose death rate increased as much...[ Read More ]

Florida child well-being improves, but ranks 35th overall in nation

| Jun 25, 2021 | Florida

The well-being of Florida children living in poverty and those with unemployed parents improved prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the state ranked 35th overall in the nation for child well-being. A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation measured child well-being with 16 indicators across four categories: economic well-being,...[ Read More ]

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