Friday, June 5, 2020
In October, Moody launched an investigation into 21 companies selling vaping products in Florida and using marketing tactics that appear to target minors.
A new report from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shows that Florida is well below the national average in the per-capita number of nursing home cases and deaths among both nursing homes residents and staff. Even though it is the nation's third most populous state with one of the highest shares of at-risk older residents, Florida does not fall within the 10 highest states for total cases among nursing home residents.
Last year, Mast and Gabbard brought back a proposal having the federal government evaluate veterans and active-duty personnel who might have been exposed to open burn pits and airborne chemicals. Over the past three decades, more than 140,000 servicemembers and veterans have reported exposure to burn pits and toxic chemicals.
The state of Florida’s testing plan was due to HHS 30 days after the enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. The bill was signed into law on April 24.
DeSantis made this announcement at the first Home Depot testing site in Boca Raton. FDEM is providing staffing and personal protective equipment. Each of these test sites will be able to conduct up to 100 tests per day. Tests will be sent to Quest Diagnostics and results will be available within five to seven days.
Shalala, who led HHS for eight years as part of President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet, weighed in on Friday on HHS sending $1,787,956 to MBHCC. The funds were part of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package that the White House and Congress agreed on at the end of March.
Last week, with the help of a congressman from the Sunshine State, the U.S. House passed without opposition a bill from U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-NM, and U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., which will create a government data program examining law enforcement officials committing suicide. The U.S. Senate passed the bill without opposition earlier in May.
Sunshine Community Rx of Sarasota, d/b/a PrecisionMed Pharmacy sent around 1,000 text message solicitations to consumers in the Tampa Bay area offering at-home COVID-19 test kits for $85 each. More than 100 consumers purchased the kits, but PrecisionMed neglected to inform consumers that the kits were not approved for at-home use.
The bill “would establish a National COVID-19 Resource Center for Older Adults under the leadership of the Secretary of Health and Human Services and create the Healthy Aging grant program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
“With many studying, working and seeking health care from home during COVID-19, internet access is more important than ever before. Congress must act and must act now to help ensure Americans living in rural parts of our country can participate in school, work and other activities vital to our everyday lives,” Moody said.