TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Immediately following the Speaker’s press conference, announcing the expansion of permit-less carry, Florida House Democrats provided the following responses. [Read more…] about Florida House Democrats Respond to Permitless Carry Proposal
Florida Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to 15-Week Abortion Ban, Which Remains in Effect
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Supreme Court accepted a request by abortion providers today to hear arguments in their case against House Bill 5 (HB 5), a ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The move comes after several court rulings closed off meaningful legal avenues to block the law. While providers’ request for the court to hear arguments in the case was granted, the justices declined to immediately block HB 5 while the lawsuit proceeds, leaving the ban in place for now. The court will schedule oral arguments in a separate order.
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FAMU Announces Athletics Compliance Team
Florida A&M University (FAMU) announced its Athletics Compliance team. The six team members are part of the Office of Compliance and Ethics and fulfill President Larry Robinson’s commitment to promote a culture of compliance at the University and provide additional support to student-athletes.
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FAMU Announces W. Rebecca Brown As CFO/VP Finance and Administration
Florida A&M University (FAMU) President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., has announced the appointment of W. Rebecca Brown as chief financial officer (CFO)/vice president for Finance and Administration, effective immediately.
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Supreme Court Asks For Views Of Biden Justice Department In Florida, Texas Social Media Laws
Washington – Supreme Court Justices have asked the federal government’s chief appellate lawyer, the Solicitor General of the United States, to weigh in on the Florida and Texas social media laws that some lower courts found to violate constitutional free speech protections. The request follows a closed conference Friday where Justices considered which cases to review.
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STATEMENT: FL State Senator Rosalind Osgood on Deadly Mass Shooting in Monterey Park, CA
Gun Violence plagues Asian Community on Lunar New Year
The Lunar New Year is a time in the Chinese culture to celebrate fortune, happiness, and health. Unfortunately, this Asian cultural celebration was interrupted by a deadly mass shooting in Monterey Park, California, an area with a large Asian immigrant population. Monterey Park is known as a beautiful, quiet, and safe neighborhood, but now the dance hall will be a memorial for this shocking massacre. [Read more…] about STATEMENT: FL State Senator Rosalind Osgood on Deadly Mass Shooting in Monterey Park, CA
Capital Health Plan Proudly Sponsoring 13th Annual Capital City Senior Games
CHP encourages members to keep healthy and active with Medicare Advantage Plans
The Big Bend’s local trusted health plan, Capital Health Plan (CHP), today announced that it will sponsor and support the 13th Annual Capital City Senior Games, encouraging adults and seniors ages 50 and up to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. [Read more…] about Capital Health Plan Proudly Sponsoring 13th Annual Capital City Senior Games
CHP Hosts Medicare Educational Seminars in Tallahassee
Capital Health Plan hosts free educational seminars to provide the community with information and answer any questions about Medicare and the plans they offer. The seminars are offered several times per month at their Governor’s Square Health Center location. More information on the seminars and details on how to RSVP are found on the event page for each seminar.
CHP Advantage Plus (HMO) and CHP Preferred Advantage (HMO) Seminars:
CHP Retiree Advantage (HMO) Seminars:
Florida Association for Behavior Analysis Commends State for Listening to Feedback from Providers, Parents of Children with Autism
The Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) today commended the state Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) for clarifying the implementation of Medicaid-covered behavior analysis services after hearing feedback from Association leaders, numerous behavior analysis providers, and the parents of children who benefit from these important services.
The Agency announced today that it would not make any changes or cuts to behavior analysis reimbursement rates in 2019 and would delay full implementation of some policies, instead using pilot programs to better study the potential effectiveness of certain programs. This change will ease the concerns of FABA leaders and numerous other behavior analysis professionals, who provide a medically necessary service that primarily helps children and adults who have autism, Down syndrome, and other developmental disabilities or behavioral challenges.
“It’s clear that state officials are listening to the heartfelt concerns and vocal comments that have come from parents and providers across the state,” said Andrew Houvouras, BCBA President of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. “This is an important step in the right direction and we are confident that these new changes will provide more opportunity and time for providers and state officials to collaborate and work toward our shared goal of ensuring that every individual in Florida who needs services is able to work with a qualified behavior analyst.”
Other changes announced today by the Agency include:
- Delaying the requirement that provider groups show proof of health care clinic licensure
- Delaying statewide implementation of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) model for authorizing behavior analysis services and instead launching it as a pilot program
- Delaying statewide implementation of electronic visit verification (EVV) for behavioral analysis services and instead launching it as a pilot program
Additionally, AHCA announced it is changing the format of the remaining three public meetings that had been scheduled to be held in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Pensacola over the coming weeks. These meetings will now be hosted in a webinar format.
FABA and its more than 1,500 members across the state have had strong presences at each of the meetings in Tallahassee, Tampa, Orlando, and today in Jacksonville in order to hear about the proposed changes and provide important feedback. Hundreds of parents, providers, and educators attended each of these meetings and rallied to support a more thoughtful approach to changes that could affect so many Floridians.
The changes initially proposed by the Agency would have reduced reimbursement rates paid for behavior analysis services by as much as 54%, with some of the most expert services suffering 22% cuts. These cuts would have directly impacted the availability of these important services to children and adults throughout the state.
To learn more about the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis, visit FABAWorld.org.
Consumer Alert: Military Fee Reimbursement Program
Florida is the most military friendly state in the nation, with more than 1.5 million military veterans living in the Sunshine State. Last year, the Florida Legislature passed House Bill 29 to help military members in Florida by allowing for certain financial services business licensure fees to be reimbursed. [Read more…] about Consumer Alert: Military Fee Reimbursement Program