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.
Soup Du Jour
Over 2,000 schools earn “A” and “B” grades
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) today issued 2018-19 school and district grades, marking the 20th anniversary of school grades. [Read more…] about Florida Makes Monumental Improvement in School Grades
Hurricane Michael victims in Panhandle supported by $25,000 contribution
REBUILD 850, an initiative to support hard-hit communities in Northwest Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, is pleased to announce that it has received a generous $25,000 donation from the American Heart Association. [Read more…] about REBUILD 850 Boosted by Donation From American Heart Association
Governor Ron DeSantis announced new, nonstop seasonal El Al air service between Tel Aviv and Orlando. [Read more…] about Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nonstop Air Service Between Tel Aviv and Orlando
Attorney General Ashley Moody is launching the Patriot Protection Week Campaign in recognition of National Military Consumer Protection Month. [Read more…] about Attorney General Moody Launches Patriot Protection Week Campaign
Governor Ron DeSantis announced today that since January 8, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) has awarded more than $600 million in recovery funding for hurricanes Michael, Irma, Matthew and Hermine. [Read more…] about Governor Ron DeSantis: FDEM has Awarded More Than $600 Million for Hurricane Recovery Since January 8
Knowledge gap on the severity of the storm; many
unwilling to help Northwest Florida neighbors in need
A new survey finds that more than two in five Floridians mistakenly think life has returned to normal in the Panhandle and nearly half would do nothing to help the thousands of people whose lives have been turned upside down by Hurricane Michael’s disastrous landfall last October. [Read more…] about REBUILD 850 Survey: Many Floridians Unaware Damage Remains in Post-Michael Panhandle
Governor Ron DeSantis today signed CS/CS/HB 501: Alternative Treatment Options for Veterans and CS/CS/HB 427: Honor and Remember Flag, at the University of South Florida’s Office of Veteran Success.
“Here in Florida, we take great pride in being the most veteran-friendly state in the nation and I am proud to sign these two bills today to support our veterans,” said Governor DeSantis. “With more than 1.5 million veterans living in Florida, this community makes up an important part of our state’s identity. While we may never be able to fully repay these men and women for their sacrifices, we will continue to do everything we can to support them and their families.”
“I’m proud of Governor DeSantis, our Cabinet and legislature for supporting FDVA and the 1.5 million veterans of our state,” said Danny Burgess, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “Together, we will work to ensure Florida continues to lead the charge as the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.”
Photo Credit: Governor’s Press Office
CS/CS/HB 501, sponsored by Representative Mel Ponder and Senator Tom Wright, creates a $200,000 pilot program focused on treating post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries in veterans using alternative therapies. It expands available therapies for eligible veterans to include accelerated resolution therapy, equine therapy, music therapy, service animal training therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy at registered facilities
“I would like to thank Governor DeSantis for signing this good piece of legislation today,” said Representative Mel Ponder. “Too many veterans are returning home with wounds from conflict, after laying their lives on the line for our freedom, to insufficient care. We need to do better to honor and thank the sacrifices these heroes have made for us and this legislation is a step in the right direction.”
“I’m so proud Governor DeSantis signed the alternative treatments bill today,” said Senator Tom Wright. “This bill will allow us to provide the treatments our veterans need to cure PTSD/TBI. These men and women have served us proudly and with honor and now it’s our time to serve them.”
Photo Credit: Governor’s Press Office
CS/CS/HB 427, sponsored by Representative Tommy Gregory and Senator Joe Gruters, allows the flying of a new flag, the Honor and Remember Flag, to serve as the state’s emblem of the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have given their lives in the line of duty. It allows the flag to be flown on Veterans Day, Gold Star Mother’s Day and a day on which a member of the United States Armed Forces who is a resident of Florida loses his or her life.
“It was my honor, as a retired Air Force officer and member of the Legislature, to ask the State of Florida to display this flag to honor the men and women who gave their lives defending our country and recognize the sacrifices of Gold Star families,” said Representative Tommy Gregory.
“It was an honor to be a part of this piece of legislation that recognizes and remembers our fellow Floridians, Gold Star Families, and Fallen Heroes who gave their lives so we can live ours,” said Senator Joe Gruters.
Governor DeSantis was joined at the bill signing by FDVA Executive Director Danny Burgess, Bryan Anderson of non-profit Veterans Alternative, Gold Star father Kris Hager, Senators Tom Wright and Kelli Stargel, Representatives Tommy Gregory, Jamie Grant, Jennifer Webb and Fentrice Driskell, and Representative-elect Randy Maggard.
For more information on CS/CS/HB 501, read the bill summary HERE.
For more information on CS/CS/HB 427, read the bill summary HERE.
Wildfire’s smoke not expected to impact I-75 travel along Alligator Alley
The Florida Forest Service is continuing to battle a 32,000-acre wildfire in the eastern Florida Everglades in west-central Broward County. [Read more…] about Update: Florida Forest Service Battling 32,000-acre #SawgrassFire in Broward County
Attorney General Ashley Moody is once again cracking down on illegal robocalls in a new joint effort with the Federal Trade Commission and 25 other federal, state and local agencies. [Read more…] about Attorney General Moody and FTC Announce Nationwide Crackdown on Illegal Robocalls