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Special Report: Florida Legislature

The 2017 Florida Legislature is scheduled through May 5. This special report will allow you to follow all of the action in Tallahassee through the efforts of our Times/Herald reporters and editors. ...

Krystal Lockhart reaches into a bag checking on supplies as Lakota Lockhart, 7, waits in the backseat with a portable ventilator on Wednesday. Health care advocates are keeping a close eye on the health care changes in Washington, like many people, but they see a more urgent threat closer to home: The prospect of cuts to Medicaid. Lower rates would hit hospitals that already take a higher portion of low-income and charity-care patients, including the state's safety nets. That worries patient advocates and patients themselves, including Lakota Lockhart who has a rare congenital disease and whose mother says he has the greatest access to good care when they are on Medicaid. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]


Hospitals on edge as lawmakers weigh cuts to Medicaid in Florida

The nurses and doctors at Brandon Regional Hospital worried Lakota Lockhart wouldn't make it when he was born. "I remember nurses saying, 'Come on, baby. Take a breath,' " said Lakota's mother, Krystal. Lakota, now 7, was born with a disorder of the central nervous system that causes him to stop breathing when he f …

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