CHIP funding cuts could hit states like Florida the hardest

A program that provides health insurance for more than 340,000 children in Florida might lose $7 billion dollars in funding. UCF professor of health management Meredith Robertson says without it, some children who are not covered by Medicaid, could lose their insurance. Read more at WMFE. (Note: The number of children impacted by changes to CHIP in Florida was corrected to 340,000.)

See also:
» $7 billion in CHIP cuts? A column from Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF)
» See the letter from the Congressional Budget Office, dated May 8, 2018, about the CHIP cuts
» Opinion: I am doctor, mom and believe in Florida KidCare

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital challenges law allowing trauma center without full review

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the only pediatric trauma center in Miami-Dade County, is suing the state to challenge a law that would permanently allow another hospital to operate a competing trauma center without having to undergo the same kind of scrutiny, saying that the competition could functionally put Nicklaus’ facility out of business. [Source: Miami Herald]

Drug abuse in Florida by-the-numbers

With SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week in full swing and the Trump administration proposing harsher penalties for drug offenders, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States with the Biggest Drug Problems in 2018 to highlight the areas that stand to be most affected. [Source: Florida Trend]

Telehealth could replace doctor visits in major cities, amid a primary care physician shortage

A new app that connects patients with a doctor through text messaging launched on May 1st and is now available to patients in 11 states including Florida. Currently all of 98point6’s doctors are based in the Seattle headquarters, but he said each physician is licensed to practice medicine in