Volume V, Issue 10

March 5, 2018
FL Senate Tees Up Gun Safety Legislation for Monday Vote  
The News Service of Florida, via Health News Florida on March 3, 2018, reports that the Florida Senate held a rare Saturday session, discussing legislation aimed at making schools safer, following the February 14th mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 14 students and three faculty members dead.

The sweeping proposal, as currently drawn, would raise the age to 21 for the purchase of rifles and other long guns, create a three-day waiting period on purchases of rifles and address school-hardening and mental health issues. Additionally, it would create what is being called a 'school marshal' program that would allow specially trained teachers and other school workers, who are deputized by local law enforcement authorities, to carry guns to school. 
5 Must-Haves for Great Physician Online Profiles 
Brian R. Dooley offers sage advice in a 3/3/18 KevinMD post.

Patients have a lot of choices when it comes to physicians. According to Mr. Dooley, making sure your online profile is up to date, complete, and contains these five items will improve the chances that a website visitor will become a patient.
Congress Races the Clock in Quest to Bring Stability to Individual Insurance Market  
While Republicans and Democrats still feud over the fate of the Affordable Care Act, a bipartisan group of Senators and House members has been working since last summer on measures to keep prices from rising out of control and undermining the individual market (where people who don't get insurance through work or the government buy policies), reports Julie Rovner, for KHN on 3/2/18. Legislators hope to attach a package of fixes to what should be the year's final temporary spending bill, due in late March.

The lawmakers are up against not just the legislative clock, but also the insurance companies' timeline, according to Ms. Rovner. Insurers have until summer to decide if they want to continue to sell policies in the ACA marketplaces, but many start making preliminary decisions as early as April.



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