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Third-quarter opioid prescriptions fell in Florida

| Nov 11, 2021 | Florida

Third-quarter data on statewide opioid prescriptions for 2021 has been made available by Florida Health, and shows that between July and September, the number of prescriptions dispensed to patient ticked down.  According to the dashboard on Florida Health Charts, the number of opioid prescriptions decreased during the third quarter to...[ Read More ]

An update on the Florida prescription drug importation plan

| Nov 10, 2021 | Florida

Simone Marstiller, secretary for the Florida Agency of Health Care Administration, provided an update to the Senate Committee on Health Policy on the state's prescription drug importation program, which could eventually bring cheaper prescriptions into the state from Canada. In 2003, Congress passed the Medicare Modernization Act, which authorized the...[ Read More ]

Subcommittee passes "Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act"

Emily Boerger | Nov 5, 2021 | Federal, Florida

The Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on Wednesday passed the “Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act.” The legislation, which was co-sponsored by Florida Congressman Gus Bilirakis, aims to utilize data mapping to identify areas where poor maternal health rates overlap with low broadband access. The goal,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Florida: Medicaid redetermination, COVID-19 treatment costs, Health care workforce

| Nov 3, 2021 | Florida

Another week of interim committee meetings kicked off on Monday in preparation for the 2022 legislative session. With session in mind, this edition of "5 Things" features some of the health policy conversations take place and legislation being filed ahead of January 11, 2022. As always, thanks for reading. If you...[ Read More ]

Florida prepares for Medicaid disenrollment as end of PHE remains unclear

| Nov 2, 2021 | Florida

Over one million Floridians have enrolled in Medicaid over the course of the pandemic. However, this large influx of beneficiaries may shift as the federal public health emergency (PHE) declaration — and the accompanying Medicaid disenrollment freeze — could end as early as mid to late January 2022.    ...[ Read More ]

Lawmakers pre-file a series of new health bills in October

| Oct 29, 2021 | Florida

In September we highlighted some of the health-related bills that Florida legislators have pre-filed ahead of the next legislative session. In this piece, we have a round-up of health legislation pre-filed in October.     SB 678 - Payment caps for insulin drugs: SB 678, a bill sponsored by Sen. Janet...[ Read More ]

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