1. Safety net hospitals get break in Medicaid repayment penalty

    State Roundup


    Medicaid payment charges lessened

    It was an issue that threatened the bottom lines of Florida's safety net hospitals, which are now breathing a collective sigh of relief.

  2. Regulators say they sought compromise with new marijuana rule

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's attempt to draft a medical marijuana rule ran into another buzz-saw of complaints Friday as potential growers lamented being forced to truck their product across the state and investors warned that a lottery to select pot producers will scare away qualified companies.

  3. Florida Blue to raise exchange rates 17.6 percent on average


    Florida Blue, the state's largest health insurer, is increasing premiums by an average of 17.6 percent for its Affordable Care Act exchange plans next year, company officials say.

  4. St. Louis encephalitis found in sentinel chickens in Seminole


    Two sentinel chickens in Seminole have tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis.

  5. A darker path tolightness


    Eric Wheeler strummed the notes of The Cure's The Drowning Man as his 15 students lay in a corpse pose on their mats, looking up at the ceiling and paintings of sports heroes and grapefruit.

    Instructor Eric Wheeler’s Dark Wave Yoga students are surrounded by art. Wheeler is a painter as well as a musician and often strums his guitar during his lessons.
  6. Can't we have tofu nuggets, too?

  7. Compromise bill on VA health care problems has $17 billion price tag


    WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion compromise plan Monday to repair a Department of Veterans Affairs mired in controversy over delayed patient care and agency efforts to conceal the problem.

    House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., left, and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., talk privately Monday before announcing a compromise for reforming the Veterans Affairs Department.
  8. Florida Medical Association members vote to support Medicaid expansion

    State Roundup

    For the first time, members of the Florida Medical Association have approved a resolution endorsing Medicaid expansion, a politically contentious issue that the group's leaders have generally avoided in the past two legislative sessions.

  9. Poll: Medical marijuana support in Florida crosses age, political lines

    State Roundup

    With tolerance for marijuana increasing around the country, a poll released Monday indicates that Florida may not lag far behind.

    A cancer patient  holds a  roll of  MEDI-JUANA in this June 24, 2004, file photo, in Portland, Ore. [Associated Press]
  10. Florida hospitals drop challenges to HCA trauma expansion

    State Roundup

    The contentious battle over the expansion of trauma care in Florida ended quietly Friday as Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, Tampa General and St. Joseph's hospitals dropped their legal challenges against new trauma centers owned by Hospital Corporation of America.