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Report: Florida Children Utilize Hospital Emergency Rooms for Preventable Dental Issues At Highest Rate in Nation

A new report by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health®, a leading national nonprofit focused on creating a more accessible, equitable, and integrated oral health system, spotlights pediatric emergency department use for dental care in Florida. Researchers found that children in Florida aged 14 and younger are seeking dental care through emergency departments for non-traumatic dental conditions at one of the highest rates in the country. Use rates per 10,000 people were higher among Black (48.75) and Hispanic (22.95) children compared to white children (19.6). The most common diagnoses for these children at the time of their emergency department visit were abscesses, dental caries, stomatitis, and chronic gingivitis — conditions that are largely ...Read More

2023-07-18T16:04:01-04:00July 18, 2023|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Capitol Report: Final Two Weeks of Legislative Session

The final two weeks of legislative session starts today. The schedule calls for sine die (the official end) to occur a week from this coming Friday. This week will concentrate on reconciling the House and Senate versions of the budget. The starting point isn’t a great difference between the two chambers. Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner have shown themselves as collaborative with an absence of fiery rhetoric unlike some of their predecessors. The existence of a Republican supermajority in both chambers post the November elections made nearly every committee vote 100% predictable. The budget reconciliation process is expected to follow a similar path. Some grumbling among ...Read More

2023-04-30T07:48:23-04:00April 24, 2023|Breaking News, Capitol Report|

Florida Legislative Committee Weeks Conclude: What’s Not Being Discussed

After seven weeks of Florida’s legislative committee weeks, it can be said that much of what wasn’t presented by state agency heads who appeared on most agendas is more significant to Florida’s everyday children and families than what was. With the number of new faces in the Florida legislature due to term limits and redistricting, it was understandable for agency heads to focus on explaining the function and status of their departments.  But having listened to the presentations, American Children’s Campaign believes it is fair to say the overall condition and vulnerability of everyday Florida kids and families did not receive enough attention nor did the continuing crisis for working ...Read More

2023-03-03T14:04:10-05:00March 3, 2023|Breaking News, Capitol Report|