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House bill advances to allow alternative treatments for Florida veterans suffering brain injuries, PTSD

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A Florida House subcommittee unanimously advanced a first-of-its-kind bill Monday to allow alternative treatments for veterans diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD). Treatments to be considered include music, art, horses, dogs, acupuncture, yoga and more. HB 55, sponsored by both Rep. Daniel Burgess and Rep. Frank White, looks to expand beyond the scope of simply prescribing drugs to vets suffering from the serious diagnoses of TBI and PTSD. The legislation would authorize the Florida Department…

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Rick Scott wants Glenn Sutphin for vets’ agency head

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As expected, Gov. Rick Scott is interested in Glenn Sutphin becoming the next director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  A Scott spokeswoman Wednesday confirmed Sutphin, now the acting head, is Scott’s top pick. Cabinet aides had had a brief conversation about the opening at their meeting earlier in the day. Scott and the Florida Cabinet — Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — will interview candidates and make the final pick. The governor and cabinet next meet Aug. 2. Sutphin, now interim executive director of the…

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House bill lays out site-selection process for new veterans’ nursing homes

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As the likelihood of additional veterans nursing homes increases the House of Representatives wants to put into law a selection process that the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs must follow. The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday takes up HB 7045. The bill follows controversy surrounding the selection of St. Lucie County for the development and construction of the state’s seventh nursing home. Specifically, the bill requires the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs to contract for a study that ranks…

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