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DeSantis’ 2022-2023 budget supports direct care providers, but not COVID mitigation

| Jan 3, 2022 | Florida

Florida legislators will convene next week to review and approve Florida’s 2022-2023 budget. Governor Ron DeSantis released his budget recommendations last month, totaling over $99.7 billion. Health care-wise, the “Freedom First Budget” provides support for substance use disorder services and direct care providers, but leaves COVID-19 mitigation funding virtually off...[ Read More ]

Over the hump? Florida sees higher vaccination numbers and lower case counts

| Nov 19, 2021 | Florida

Data from the Florida Department of Health (Florida Health) shows both higher vaccination numbers over the past few weeks and lower case counts.      Week-to-week case counts have been on a downward trend since the start of October.  According to Florida Health, the state saw 21,844 new cases from...[ Read More ]

Florida health care bills to keep an eye on in the 2022 legislative session

| Nov 18, 2021 | Florida

Florida legislators are continuing to file bills with just under two months until the start of the 2022 legislative session on Jan. 11. Here’s a look at some of the bills legislators filed this month.  SB 726 - Telehealth: SB726, sponsored by Sen. Loranne Ausley (D - Quincy), would prevent...[ Read More ]

Florida Medicaid, DOH, present FY 2022 budget requests

| Oct 14, 2021 | Florida

Three agencies — the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the Florida Department of Health, and the Department of Children and Families — presented their legislative budget requests (LBR) for fiscal year (FY) 2022 to the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee for consideration on Monday.  Recurring requests among the agencies...[ Read More ]

Dr. Joseph Ladapo steps into new Surgeon General role

| Sep 21, 2021 | Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Dr. Joseph Ladapo’s appointment as Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health at a press conference today. Dr. Ladapo will succeed Dr. Scott Rivkees in the role, who announced his departure last month upon the conclusion of his two-year term.     Dr....[ Read More ]

Deadline approaching for 2022 Orlando Health Community Grant Program

| Sep 14, 2021 | Florida

Local Florida health equity organizations have until the end of the week to apply for Orlando Health’s 2022 Community Grant Program. During last year’s grant cycle, Orlando Health, which operates 15 health facilities across central Florida, including the nation’s largest neonatal ICU, awarded over $350,000.     Grant recipients that...[ Read More ]