The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is holding public hearings across the state regarding FloridaÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s new Medicaid overhaul. Before receiving approval from the federal government, state health regulators must receive feedback from the public. Broward CountyÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s public hearing will be hosted Thursday, June 16, in Fort Lauderdale. If you are a Medicaid consumer or provider, or know of any, please make every effort to attend this important hearing.
Another bitter voting rights battle is brewing in Florida, this time over the new law passed in the Republican-dominated state legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott last week.Black and Latino civic and civil rights activists and good government advocates say the new law, which hasn't yet been implemented, would hinder and intimidate people of color who attempt to register and vote. The law, the leaders contend, is designed to impede and discourage their participation in the political process.
Mayor Julio Robaina, candidate for Mayor of Miami-Dade County, issued the following statement regarding yesterdayÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s candidate forum and future forums: ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“The race to elect the next Mayor of Miami-Dade County is an opportunity for the community to listen to the views and ideas of all the candidates.It is unfortunate that yesterdayÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s forum did not include all of the candidates. From this point on, I will not attend any forum that does not include all of the candidates for Mayor of Miami-Dade County.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â All of the candidates in this race deserve respect and are entitled to having the opportunity to express their views,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â stated Mayor Robaina. The Robaina Campaign had expressed its concerns to the organizers of yesterdayÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s forum regarding the importance of including all of the candidates and will be contacting the other scheduled forum organizers regard this new policy
Plans to create safe houses for sexually-exploited children and teens could soon be underway in Miami-Dade County. On May 10, 2011, the Public Safety and Healthcare Administration Committee passed unanimously a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Jose ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“PepeÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Diaz for the County Executive Office to identify Miami-Dade County resources that can be used to create these safe houses and collaborate with local agencies dedicated to the well-being of abused children.A similar bill to create safe houses statewide, HB 145, did not pass the 2011 Florida Legislative Session. However, the staff analysis in the bill estimated that approximately 293,000 youths in the United States are currently at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation. The majority of victims of commercial sexual exploitation are runaways who come from homes where they have been abused or abandoned and become involved in prostitution as a means of financial support, while other youths are forced into prostitution through abduction, pressure from adults, or through deceptive agreements between parents and traffickers.