Deb Wityk, a resident of the Spurgeon Manor nursing home in Dallas Center, Iowa, plans to get an updated covid shot as soon as she can. "Covid is not pretty in a nursing home," she says. (TONY LEYS/KFF HEALTH NEWS)
Even once the shots are available, nursing homes face continuing resistance to the vaccine among nurses and aides.
A study by the Department of Health & Human Services reveals lax controls and missing records for children prescribed powerful medications within Florida’s child welfare system
The three largest credit agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — said they would stop including some medical debt on credit reports as of last year


  1. Prayer walks, Indigenous ceremonies to raise awareness on environmental issues, are held each month in South Florida to bring attention to the "radioactive roads" bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in June. The event's organizer, Garrett Stuart, said he feels called to alert the public about the potential health risks of using phosphogypsum in road construction.
  2. . You can change your Medicare Supplement Plan F anytime during the year. Medicare’s AEP is the time to change only your Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plan.
  3. More than 250,000 children have been terminated from Medicaid since April, according to new state data. That's almost half of the roughly 524,000 recipients removed from the program as the state conducts the first eligibility checks since the start of the pandemic.
  4. Deb Wityk, a resident of the Spurgeon Manor nursing home in Dallas Center, Iowa, plans to get an updated covid shot as soon as she can. "Covid is not pretty in a nursing home," she says. (TONY LEYS/KFF HEALTH NEWS)
  5. Which Medicare option is right for you depends on your health and financial situation. You may be someone who has a history of serious health issues requiring expensive brand name prescription drugs or who goes to the doctor once a year for a physical and takes inexpensive generics.
  6. After retiring in 2012, Arthur Schnurpel moved to Florida from Indiana to live out his dream of being close to the beach.
  7. An audit of Florida's child welfare system found multiple cases of child welfare workers failing to follow state regulations on psychotropic or opioid medication use.  Illustration by Oona Tempest with KFF Health News.
  8. Sheila Scolaro, a community programs scientist for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, holds a PVC pipe as she works to attach a temperature data logger in Old Tampa Bay near Safety Harbor on Aug. 25. The estuary program has launched a five-year study to determine if warmer water temperatures are hurting seagrasses’ chance to recover.
  9. Anna Paulina Luna, who represents Pinellas County in Congress, is questioning whether a loosening of food labeling requirements during the pandemic presents a risk to the public.
  10. Medical debt has sunk Penny Wingard’s credit score so low that she has struggled to qualify for loans, and applying for jobs and apartments has become a harrowing experience. On Sept. 21, the Biden administration announced plans to develop federal rules barring unpaid medical bills from affecting patients’ credit scores. (ANERI PATTANI/KFF HEALTH NEWS)
  11. Maya, Kyle and Jack Kowalski leave the South Coutny Courthouse in Venice, Florida on Thursday afternoon at the conclusion of the first day of their civil lawsuit against Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.
  12. Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's fall banquet, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa.
  13. A year ago, Justina Worrell received a letter from the Social Security Administration saying it had overpaid her. Within 30 days, it said, she should mail the government a check or money order for $60,175.90. (Cox Media Group)
  14. Venice resident Maya Kowalski was sheltered in Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital for three months in 2016 after the hospital reported her mom to the state's abuse hotline. Her mom later took her own life. Maya's story is the subject of   the Netflix documentary "Take Care of Maya."
  15. Kat Wilderness performs for guests during a drag brunch at R House Wynwood in Miami in April 2022.
  16. Mosaic's several facilities across Florida take mined phosphate, like this, and turn it into millions of tons of fertilizer a year. What's left behind is a mildly radioactive byproduct called phosphogypsum, which the company wants to use as a test ingredient in road construction. Several state lawmakers and local officials have signed a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency opposing the plan.
  17. If not working full-time with company benefits, then I would advise you and your husband to remain enrolled in Medicare and keep your Medicare Supplement plan, because you can never know what will happen to your health in the future.
  18. A woman walks through a door with a sign asking shoppers to wear masks in New York on Feb. 9, 2022.
  19. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican presidential candidate, shakes hands with fairgoers after taking part in a Fair-Side Chat with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 12 in Des Moines, Iowa. Republicans are responding to a late summer spike in COVID-19 by raising familiar fears that government-issued lockdowns and mask mandates are on the horizon. GOP presidential hopefuls including DeSantis, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and former President Donald Trump have spread this narrative.
  20. Maya Kowalski attends an April 2022  court hearing in Sarasota County over a motion for a jury trial in her family's lawsuit against Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. Almost five years after the lawsuit was filed, the trial will begin Thursday.
  21. People hold signs during a joint board meeting of the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine gather to establish new guidelines limiting gender-affirming care in Florida, on Nov. 4, 2022.
  22. Sudafed and other common nasal decongestants are on display behind the counter at Hospital Discount Pharmacy in Edmond, Okla., Jan. 11, 2005. Phenylephrine, the leading decongestant used by millions of Americans looking for relief from a stuffy nose, is likely no better than a dummy pill, according to government experts who reviewed the latest research on the long-questioned drug ingredient. Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously on Tuesday against the effectiveness of the ingredient found in popular versions of Sudafed, Allegra, Dayquil and other medications sold on store shelves. Phenylephrine replaced pseudoephedrine in many popular over-the-counter medications after a 2006 law required medicines containing pseudoephedrine to be moved behind pharmacy counters because the ingredient can be illegally processed into methamphetamine.
  23. The group Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society held a Defend LGBTQ+ Rights protest at the USF Library in 2022.
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