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Florida among states not getting any younger

Florida among states not getting any younger

America isn’t getting any younger and Florida is among the leaders in greying states. In less than 10 years, the percentage of Americans 65 and older living in Florida will stand at 26 percent, up significantly from the current 19 percent, which as of now, is the highest in the country. Read the full article […]

Grant to fund additional therapeutic foster parents

Grant to fund additional therapeutic foster parents

Children removed from an unhealthy home where they experienced abuse or neglect may find themselves living with foster parents while they wait to reunite with their family or find a new forever home. More than 520 children are in foster care through FamiliesFirst Network (FFN) of Lakeview Center in Northwest Florida, and many are facing […]

OneStop reaches out to help needy in south Santa Rosa

OneStop reaches out to help needy in south Santa Rosa

It is time consuming to be in poverty. There are agencies and organizations that assist with applying for food stamps and Medicaid. There are teams of experts dedicated to helping people find worthwhile jobs and careers. Local colleges offer incentives and programs for students looking to better themselves. There are even offices solely dedicated to […]

Red tape commandos fight for vets’ benefits

Red tape commandos fight for vets’ benefits

The daunting hodgepodge of forms and documents required to obtain some financial and medical benefits for military veterans has driven up requests for help in Santa Rosa by double digits in the past five years. But even if they lack the precious scraps of evidence to qualify for pensions, insurance and medical care, Karen Haworth […]

County looks into disabled adult needs

County looks into disabled adult needs

As ARC of Santa Rosa, the county’s only exceptional adult day training facility, struggles to keep services in the county, the county commission is taking a deeper look into the need for these services. ARC of Florida CEO Deborah Linton said county commission chairman Rob Williamson approached the group to request that they bring a […]

Santa Rosa’s only exceptional adult training center set to shut doors

Santa Rosa’s only exceptional adult training center set to shut doors

A decision by the Santa Rosa County Circuit Court that could doom the efforts of ARC of the Emerald Coast to support adults with special needs in Santa Rosa County has been pushed back to Jan. 6. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has moved to seize the building and vehicles owned by […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 2

MAN GETS 40 YEARS IN MURDER-SUICIDE PLOT THAT LEFT 3 DEAD Patrick Carlopoli was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to six counts, including second-degree murder. Authorities say Carlopoli and his girlfriend, 37-year-old Tammy Modlin, on Jan. 24 first killed the family’s dog at their Fort Myers apartment. Modlin then stabbed 16-year-old Montana Modlin, her daughter […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 26

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 26

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Health ruling relieves consumers; GOP states remain critical The Supreme Court ruling validating federal health insurance subsidies for nearly 6.4 million Americans wasn’t just a major victory for President Obama’s signature health law. It also had consumers […]

Covenant Hospice to pay gov’t $10M

Covenant Hospice to pay gov’t $10M

Covenant Hospice Inc. agreed to pay $10.1 million to reimburse the government for alleged overbilling of Medicare, Tricare and Medicaid for hospice services, the Department of Justice announced June 18. Covenant Hospice Inc. is a nonprofit hospice care provider with locations in Fort Walton Beach, Milton and Pensacola, as well as Southern Alabama. The settlement […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 10

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 10

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Florida and Georgia governors hold private meeting on water The governors of Florida and Georgia are discussing how to resolve a long-running water dispute. Florida Gov. Rick Scott met for an hour Tuesday with Georgia Gov. Nathan […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 21

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 21

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. US investigating Florida prisoner’s death in scalding shower The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the death in a scalding shower of a Florida prisoner and may conduct a broader civil rights probe of state prisons. Existence of […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 7

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Man guilty in 2002 Florida terror plot deported to Pakistan A man who pleaded guilty in 2002 to a Florida terror plot involving plans to blow up electric power stations and a National Guard armory has been deported to Pakistan. U.S. […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 7

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 7

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Reversing course, Gov. Scott opposes Medicaid expansion Gov. Rick Scott reversed course Monday, saying he no longer supports Medicaid expansion as talks break down over Florida’s request for the federal government to extend funds to hospitals that serve low-income […]

Gov. Scott reverses course, opposes Medicaid expansion

Gov. Scott reverses course, opposes Medicaid expansion

Gov. Rick Scott is reversing course and says he no longer supports Medicaid expansion in a move that threatens to undo budget talks between the state House and Senate. In a statement Monday, Scott expressed concern that the federal government might not make good on its promise to fund Medicaid for an additional 800,000 Floridians. The […]

Eglin townhall prompts military medicare assistance for developmental disabilities

Eglin townhall prompts military medicare assistance for developmental disabilities

Florida is the first state in the country to offer Medicaid waiver services to active military families transferred from another state where they were already receiving services. The Florida Legislature passed and Governor Rick Scott signed the 2014-2015 It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget which created this program. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) provides […]

Florida Senate and House pass rival spending bills

Florida Senate and House pass rival spending bills

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press Tallahassee, Fla. (AP) — Flush with plenty of extra cash during an election year, the House and Senate on Thursday passed rival versions of a new state budget that spends more money on child protection, health care for the disabled and public schools. But there remain key differences between the two chambers over everything […]

Flu shots available, free for pregnant Medicaid recipients

Flu shots available, free for pregnant Medicaid recipients

The increased impact of the influenza infection has led Florida Medicaid to temporarily activate payment for Medicaid recipients who are pregnant and age 21 and older now through March. The Department of Health in Santa Rosa County recommends that all individuals six months of age and older receive the flu vaccination each year. It is especially […]