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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

9/25/19: Impeachment; Medicaid Waivers; Regenerative Agriculture; Mission House; Home & Patio Show

President Donald Trump

President Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives. We took a look at this historic turn of events with Michael Binder, UNF associate director of political science.

Medicaid Waivers

Florida is looking to cut its budget for a Medicaid program that serves the disabled. But advocates say any funding cuts to the services could end up costing the state even more money in the long run.

At the same time, local families are speaking out about the problems they’ve had with Florida’s Medicaid waiver program. Some parents have waited years to get treated, and in some cases, children have died waiting. Chris Gabbard is an English professor at UNF who wrote A Life Beyond Reason, a memoir about his late son, August, who spent five years on the waiting list to receive the Medicaid waiver. Debbie Heaton is the adoptive parent of many children with complex medical issues and developmental disabilities.

Regenerative Agriculture

Justin Root of Nutritional Roots joined us to discuss "regenerative agriculture," which is being billed as a solution both human health and environmental health, in today’s Going Green.

Mission House

Mission House’s Compassion by the Sea Soiree takes place Sept. 26. The event raises awareness and funds for the agency, which helps those living on the streets of The Beaches area. Lori Delgado Anderson, Executive Director Mission House, Inc., joined us with more information.

Home and Patio Show

The Jacksonville Home and Patio Show will take place at the Prime Osborn Convention Center Sept. 26-29. Spokeswoman Liz Morgan joined us with a preview and ticket giveaway.

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Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?