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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 ]

New bill revises AHCA Medicaid practices

| Jun 22, 2021 | Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed CS/HB 1057 this week, eliminating some of the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) requirements regarding Medicaid. The most notable eliminations include several progress reports.      Medicaid, the second largest single program in the state after education, currently serves about 4.5 million low-income Floridians and...[ Read More ]

Governor Ron DeSantis bolsters Alzheimer’s and Dementia funding in Florida to more than $51 Million

| Jun 22, 2021 | Florida

Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted a more than $12 million increase in Alzheimer’s and dementia funding, bringing the state’s total commitment to over $51 million for the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year, furthering his strong commitment to the advancement of research needed for this disease. Florida is the only state in the...[ Read More ]

Medicare transportation services, health equity liaison, among bills signed by Gov. DeSantis

| Jun 17, 2021 | Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a number of health bills this week, including changes to the Florida freestanding emergency departments, Medicare-covered transportation services, and the implementation of a health equity liaison.       CS/HB 183, which the House unanimously passed in April, will require the Office of Minority Health and Health...[ Read More ]

Sen. Book seeks action to protect state's foster children

Shawna De La Rosa | Nov 11, 2020 | Florida

In the wake of the USA Today Investigative series on Florida’s child welfare system, Sen. Lauren Book is urging Florida Department of Children & Families Secretary Chad Poppell to take immediate action to protect children in the foster system. Book — current Chair of the Senate Committee on Children, Families...[ Read More ]