Mia Jones

Wednesday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with former State Representative and CEO of Agape Community Health Center Mia Jones about the bipartisan health care proposal announced Tuesday in Washington (01:10).

OneJax speaker Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer discussed what can be done to reduce political dysfunction and incivility in our political system (29:28).

To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month we spoke with Mayo Clinic oncologist and breast cancer survivor Dr. Dawn Mussallem (37:40).

Our tech guru Ray Hollister told us about the dangers of new computer attack that affects Wi-Fi networks (44:00).    


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Duval County’s delegation to the state Legislature elected new leadership Wednesday. Republican Rep. Jay Fant will now serve as the delegation’s chair.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is asking the owner of Jacksonville’s low-income housing complex Eureka Gardens to beef up security following a mass shooting Monday.

The current owner may have secured a buyer for the troubled complex.


  On this edition of First Coast Connect On The Go!, we're live from the Jessie Ball duPont Center in downtown Jacksonville.

Kids-centered legislation

Several members of the Duval Delegation play major roles during this year's legislative session in new measures focused on the state's children, affecting everything from public education to juvenile justice.

We speak with Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville), Rep. Charles McBurney (R-Jacksonville), and Rep. Mia Jones (D-Jacksonville) about their efforts.

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Florida lawmakers are again descending on Tallahassee for another regular session of the Legislature, and some First Coast delegates are at the center of what promise to be some of the year’s most contentious debates.


Florida House of Representatives

Members of the Duval Legislative Delegation chose Rep. Mia Jones (D-Jacksonville) to be their new chair Monday.

The delegation also voted to use gender-neutral titles like "chair" and "chairperson" instead of “chairman.”


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Federal Communications commissioners came to Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic Thursday to discuss telemedicine.

The discussion touched on ways to expand telehealth in rural areas that lack access to reliable Internet.

The biggest roadblock to telemedicine in Florida has more to do with political will than technology.


The state legislature adjourned for the year without expanding Medicaid to provide health insurance for about 800 thousand low-income Floridians. But the debate is far from over.

Federal money for the Low Income Pool, assigned to hospitals that care for the poor, will decline by another $400 million next year, and state lawmakers again will be under pressure to help hospitals offset their losses. It will also be the final year the federal government will pay 100 percent of costs for any Medicaid expansion plan the state approves.

We discuss the issue with state Sentator Aaron Bean and Representative Mia Jones.


Mia Jones, bike sharing and gopher tortoises are in the headlines today.

Citing growing public concern and distrust, Duval Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti announced he is pulling a proposal that would open the school selection process to all students across the district.

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The leaders of of both houses of the Florida State Legislature joined with leading medical and insurance providers to discuss health policy at Jacksonville University’s 2013 Healthcare Policy Conference.

North Florida lawmakers are holding a community meeting on juvenile justice in Jacksonville.

State Senator Audrey Gibson and  Representatives Mia Jones and Reggie Fullwood convened the town hall, which is billed as an event to "Save Our Youth: Civil Citations In And Out of School." 

The lawmakers are advocating for the increased use of civil citations for first-time, nonviolent juvenile offenders.  

Studies show this approach to juvenile justice can reduce the flow of students to the so-called "school-to-prison pipeline."

The House Appropriations Committee today passed HB 7169, a measure that creates a program called Florida Health Choices Plus, that will cover about 115,000 people.