Gov. Scott meets with incoming secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

After promising to help President-elect Donald Trump rewrite the Affordable Care Act, Florida Gov. Rick Scott met Tuesday afternoon with the incoming secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Scott, a former health-care executive, was slated to meet at 2 p.m. with U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., in Washington, D.C. Price, a physician who will […]

Zika positive baby treated at Miami hospital

One of the first babies to be born with Zika-related complications in South Florida is being treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Doctors met with reporters Friday to talk about the baby’s course of treatment. Maria Ramírez de Mendoza tested positive for Zika in April. Two months later she gave birth to her daughter […]

Florida deadliest state for bicyclists

Frank Gilbert has been nudged a few times while riding a bike to work. Nudged is his term for cars bumping into him. If you close your eyes and think of someone riding a bike to work, you might picture spandex and neon helmets. Maybe jean shorts and a handlebar mustache. But that is not […]

Same sex bathroom bill draws ire

Opponents of a bill restricting public bathroom use based on a person’s born gender criticized the plan in Orlando Tuesday. The Single Sex Public Facilities Bill cleared a house committee last week, and could be heard by another committee as early as next week. It would impose fines and possible jail time for transgender Floridians […]

Music soothes as Alzheimer’s cure sought

Julie Martin, a certified music therapist, works with patients living with Alzheimer's disease.

Julie Martin sits at a table in a nondescript room at Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater. She strums an instrument called a Qchord, a type of electronic autoharp. “Hello my friends. Hello my friends,” she sings in a slow, comforting voice. “Hello my friends, it’s nice to see you today.” Martin, a board certified music therapist, […]

Re-enrolling for insurance? Expect change

Margaret and Phil Ammann.

Editor’s note: Open enrollment on the federal health insurance marketplace starts in two days, on Nov. 15. The Health News Florida team is kicking off a series about the second year of open enrollment under the federal health law. First, we take a look at, the website that people in Florida and 36 other states use […]

USF officials considering moving medical school

Officials with USF Health say they are seriously considering a downtown Tampa campus for third- and fourth-year medical students, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Jeff Vinik, who owns the Tampa Bay Lightning and acres of property downtown, has expressed support for the proposed USF medical school location. A presentation scheduled for Wednesday to the Florida Board of […]

PUP owners want $500 million from accountants

The majority owners of a now-defunct Medicare Advantage plan say they were duped by the plan’s accountants, the ones they claim are responsible for the company’s collapse, a new federal lawsuit filed in Orlando says. Dr. Sandeep Bajaj and Dr. Rohini Bajaj claim the national accounting firm McGladrey LLP is responsible for the financial ruin […]