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The struggle over Medicaid in Florida


A set of legislative proposals making its way through the Legislature is poised to broaden access to health care in Florida. The initiative, known as Live Healthy, seeks an infusion of $800 million into the health care sector. Yet, this is happening at the same time lawmakers steadfastly refuse to accept annual federal aid of $200 million for Medicaid.


  • Dr. Nancy Staats, board-certified anesthesiologist and founding member of For Florida’s Health. 
  • Christine Cauffield, CEO of LSF Health Systems. 
  • Scott Darius, executive director of Florida Voices for Health. 

The importance of academic research 

Alex Bartkowiak, a biology major and student researcher at the University of North Florida, emphasizes the significance of hands-on learning experiences. Discussing his unconventional journey to college, he shares his passion for research and its connection to work with Zebrafish led by Judy Ochrietor, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at UNF.

'Driving Me Crazy'

With a versatile skill set, WJCT reporter Dan Scanlan has dedicated three decades to reporting on traffic, road issues and automotive news on the First Coast. Today, Dan highlights car safety measures, focusing on features such as emergency braking and object detection systems in newer vehicles.

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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.