Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Democrats in the Florida delegation in the U.S. House are calling on the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to quickly send funds to hospitals across the Sunshine State as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
The funds are part of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package approved by the White House and Congress at the end of last month.
In his role as state fire marshal, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis said first responders across the Sunshine State do not have the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they need as they grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.
Members of the Florida delegation on Capitol Hill announced this week that funds from the $2.2 trillion stimulus package approved by Congress and the White House at the end of last month are coming to the Sunshine State.
This week, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., showcased her support of U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas’, D-Calif., proposal to have the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department create a task force “to examine the shortage situation, determine common obstacles for internationally-trained doctors to re-enter the medical field, and make recommendations to Congress.”
This week, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation offered some guidelines for insurers dealing with workers’ compensation coverage and telehealth matters as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and other members of the U.S. Senate wrote U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Sec. Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma encouraging them to develop ways to ensure beneficiaries are able to access necessary medications at home without risking exposure to COVID-19 or overburdening healthcare workers as they continue to battle the pandemic.
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., weighed in on Monday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it was sending $13.4 million to help Florida deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our nation is facing an unprecedented crisis. We, as Americans, have to come together to innovatively adapt and solve problems, and that’s exactly what USF Health is doing,” Scott said on Monday. 
The Public Opinion Research Lab (PORL) at the University of North Florida (UNF) released a poll on Monday seeing what Florida voters think the coronaviurs pandemic and of how elected officials and public administrators are handling it.