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FPI budget analysis highlights wins and setbacks in Florida health care

| Mar 10, 2022 | Florida

Unfinished budget negotiations in the legislature are pushing session past its scheduled adjournment on Friday, due to a mandatory 72-hour “cooling off” period before policy makers can vote on the proposed appropriations bills.  Last week, the Florida Policy Institute (FPI) published a 56-page analysis on the House and Senate proposed...[ Read More ]

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 ]

COVID vaccinations among Florida Medicare population prevented 17,000 infections, HHS study finds

| Oct 8, 2021 | Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that “Florida was right” in prioritizing COVID-19 vaccinations among seniors aged 65 and older after a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) noted a significant reduction in infections, hospitalizations, and deaths among vaccinated Medicare beneficiaries. DeSantis referenced the Centers for...[ 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 ]

Abortion under explicit Florida privacy laws endangered if state follows Texas, expert says

| Sep 15, 2021 | Florida

After Texas passed the nation’s most restrictive abortion law to date, despite widespread opposition, Florida Republican lawmakers are considering a similar bill. Kara Gross, the Legislative Director and Senior Policy Counsel of the ACLU of Florida, says a similar move in Florida would have “devastating” effects not only for state...[ Read More ]

Florida COVID-19 hospitalizations "decline at a rapid pace", but ICU beds still over 90% occupied

| Sep 8, 2021 | Florida

Florida hospitals have consistently had some of the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations  in the nation, especially as the Delta variant spreads throughout the state. However, hospital officials are now saying Florida has finally reached a peak.     Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human...[ Read More ]