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5 Things Florida: Agency budget requests, Health policy in 2022, Q&A w/ Rep. Nicholas X. Duran

| Oct 7, 2021 | Florida

After more than a decade writing and editing this newsletter, 5 Things We're Watching, in a range of states like Florida, I'm passing the baton to our managing editor, Emily Boerger. She's one of the best and brightest among a super smart team here at State of Reform. I'll have...[ Read More ]

“Models for their community” — the impact of Florida’s promotores

| Oct 6, 2021 | Florida

Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, celebrates the influence and contributions of the Hispanic American community across the United States. Census data shows that Florida’s Hispanic/Latinx population has increased nearly 35% over the last decade, with over five million Hispanic/Latinx people living in the state...[ Read More ]

Florida Blue has third-highest share in national insurance markets, study finds

| Oct 5, 2021 | Florida

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (BCBS FL/Florida Blue), the state’s largest insurer, tops its competitors in several national insurance markets, according to a recent study by the American Medical Association (AMA). The study analyzed data from 384 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) across all 50 states and the District of...[ Read More ]

Florida legislators open dialogue on maternal health, disparities, and stigma ahead of 2022 session

| Oct 4, 2021 | Florida

Florida legislators are discussing potential actions to help reduce maternal mortality in the state, as well as racial and socio-economic disparities within those numbers. The Florida Professions and Public Health Subcommittee met last week to hear from child and maternal health experts about the current infant mortality rates in the...[ Read More ]

Q&A w/ Rep. Nicholas X. Duran on expanding Florida KidCare eligibility

| Sep 30, 2021 | Florida

Representative Nicholas X. Duran (D - Miami-Dade) is the Democratic Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee and a member of its Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee. Duran also serves on the House Health and Human Services Committee. Ahead of the 2022 legislative session, Duran is co-sponsoring HB 135, which would...[ Read More ]

Travel nurses, oxygen, and monoclonal antibody supply are straining Florida hospitals

| Sep 27, 2021 | Florida

The leaders of three Florida hospital systems met with members of the House Pandemics and Public Emergency Committee last week as the state continues to grapple with its surge in COVID-19 cases. The hospitals agreed that cases seem to be trending downwards, however the financial and emotional impacts on staff...[ Read More ]

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