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Residential Health Center Sues The City Of Fort Myers

A residential treatment center filed a Fair Housing Act lawsuit against the city of Fort Myers. The health facility said the city is "discriminating" against its clientele. Sovereign Health of Florida opened in the Riverside Drive community in late 2014. The center has about 20 residents being treated for mental illness or recovering from substance abuse. Connie Ramos is spokesperson for Sovereign. She said the city of Fort Myers denied the center’s application for a permanent business tax receipt various times.
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IRS Investigates Breach Impacting 100,000 Taxpayers

The IRS is investigating a data breach. The agency said yesterday that criminals were able to gain access to the tax returns of more than 100,000 taxpayers and file fraudulent tax returns.The IRS said it sent nearly $50 million in refunds before detecting the scam, which comes after the IRS has struggled with security issues in recent years.Here & Nows Robin Young talks to Jill Schlesinger of CBS News, who says that while the impact of the hacks is unclear now, next year we may see hackers...
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Hurricane Hunter Planes Get $42 Million Upgrade

The hurricane planes known affectionately as “Miss Piggy” and “Kermit” are getting new Rolls-Royce engines, new wings and better radar.Every hurricane season for nearly four decades, the two technologically packed planes have flown into storms at speeds of up to 300 mph, collecting research and forecasting data to transmit back to the mainland.The 38-year-old planes are getting $42 million “nose-to-tail” upgrades of key components. The money comes from the post-Superstorm Sandy Disaster...
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Lee Memorial Health System

Lee Memorial Health System has opened two breast milk depots at Cape Coral Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center.  Florida’s first breast milk bank opened in Orlando this month, which gave Lee Memorial the idea to open a breast milk depot to help families locally.  A breast milk depot collects donated breast milk for sick or premature infants or if the mother’s milk is not available for some reason.


On Tuesday the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans denied a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to lift the hold on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. That hold was put in place by a Texas judge in February.

The hurricane planes known affectionately as “Miss Piggy” and “Kermit” are getting new Rolls-Royce engines, new wings and better radar.

Every hurricane season for nearly four decades, the two technologically packed planes have flown into storms at speeds of up to 300 mph, collecting research and forecasting data to transmit back to the mainland.

A budget standoff in Florida over federal funding for low-income patients could be ending. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sent a letter to the Agency for Health Care Administration today.

Federal officials had previously said Florida would not continue to get money for the “Low Income Pool” program unless the state agreed to expand Medicaid, an optional portion of the Affordable Care Act. Now, a letter from a top official says Florida likely will get federal funds for the “LIP” program.

Sovereign Health of Florida / Courtesy

A residential treatment center filed a Fair Housing Act lawsuit against the city of Fort Myers. The health facility said the city is "discriminating" against its clientele.

Sovereign Health of Florida opened in the Riverside Drive community in late 2014. The center has about 20 residents being treated for mental illness or recovering from substance abuse.

Connie Ramos is spokesperson for Sovereign. She said the city of Fort Myers denied the center’s application for a permanent business tax receipt various times. 

  

Republican leaders in the Florida Senate offered up a revamped health care proposal Tuesday in an effort to end a budget stalemate that threatens to shut down state government, but the proposal was immediately rejected by Gov. Rick Scott and House GOP leaders.

Legislators are scheduled to return to the state Capitol next week for a 20-day special session where they are expected to pass a new state budget.

Lawmakers Talk LIP In Districts

May 27, 2015

 

 MIAMI-DADE HEALTH FUNDING AT ISSUE

Hospitals Appeal Immigrant Emergency Case

May 27, 2015

 A coalition of hospitals from across the state has appealed a judge's ruling about Medicaid payments for emergency care of undocumented immigrants, according to documents in the case.

Administrative Law Judge John D.C. Newton last month sided with the state Agency for Health Care Administration in a dispute that focuses on the duration of payments. Newton rejected arguments by the hospitals that the agency had overstepped its authority in approving rules related to the payments.

Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer’s are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.

No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer’s, but the suspects are its two hallmarks — the gunky amyloid in those brain plaques or tangles of a protein named tau that clog dying brain cells. New imaging can spot those tangles in living brains, providing a chance to finally better understand what triggers dementia.

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The governor’s commission looking at health care funding discussed performance funding for hospitals. The commission is tasked with looking at how taxpayer dollars are used to support health care for the poor.  The commission met today in Orlando. The nine-member group delved through detailed hospital statistics, and started brainstorming ideas for how to reform hospital payments. 

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