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Florida health care workers praise measures giving them greater protections against attacks

| 3/28/2023

Florida health care workers praise measures giving them greater protections against attacks

A bill to strengthen protections for Florida health care workers from violence is quickly moving through the Legislature with support from hospital team members. And the Florida Hospital Association is praising lawmakers for paying attention to the issue. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez, would prevent violence at hospitals in Florida by increasing penalties on individuals who intentionally harm any team member or volunteer at a hospital. “People working in hospitals are six times more likely to suffer workplace violence than private sector workers,” Rodriguez said. [Source: Florida Politics]

Florida Dental Association hopes for state money to provide care

The Florida Dental Association wants state legislators to allocate nearly $2 million for programs that would increase access to dental care, especially for rural residents and those who are uninsured. As of September 2022, a record 6 million Floridians lived in areas without access to sufficient dental care, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Poor oral care can have a negative toll on someone’s overall health. Now, the Florida Dental Association is lobbying to increase access to care. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Parents say a lawsuit aims to block Florida's 'cruel' ban on gender-affirming care for minors

Lawyers challenging Florida's ban on providing gender-affirming care to minors plan to ask a federal judge to halt the restrictions while the suit is underway. They filed it in a Tallahassee federal court on Thursday on behalf of four mothers with transgender children ages 9 to 14. Unlike nine other states that have passed laws restricting access to transgender health care, Florida did so through rules passed by two of its medical boards. [Source: Health News Florida]

Mental health care by video fills gaps in rural nursing homes

Video visits are an increasingly common way for residents of small-town nursing homes to receive mental health care. Patients don’t have to travel to a clinic. They don’t even have to get cleaned up and leave their bedrooms, which can be daunting for people with depression or anxiety. Online care providers face fewer appointment cancellations, and they often can work from home. While use of some other telehealth services may dwindle as the covid-19 pandemic winds down, providers predict demand for remote mental health services will continue to increase in rural nursing homes. [Source: WUSF]

Governor appoints five to the Florida Board of Physical Therapy Practice

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday named five people to the state Board of Physician Therapy Practice. The appointments are Ellen Donald, Steven Chenoweth, Rebecca Matthews and Michele Morgan. Also, Paul Kleponis was reappointed to the board. These appointments are subject to confirmation by the state Senate. More from Health News Florida and WGCU.

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