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Monday, December 04, 2023

Metro | Alachua County

Project Continuity with UF Health educating the public about Pap tests and cervical cancer on Sept. 30, 2023.

Alachua County immigrants fear new SB 1718’s impact on health care

Senate Bill 1718 took effect July 1 and is among the strictest immigration laws in the country. One of the controversial aspects of the law is the provision requiring any hospital that accepts Medicaid to ask about patients’ immigration status. Local advocacy organizations, health care workers and community members worry about the impacts the law could have on immigrant households across Alachua County.


Alachua County seeks to expand drug rehabilitation efforts

In Alachua County, emergency services responded to 1,451 overdose calls in 2022. The previous year there were 1,405 overdose calls with 62 fatal overdoses. In an effort to combat overdoses, Alachua County and the city of Gainesville have implemented multiple services to assist people with addictions seeking help and recovering addicts like the now 51-year-old farmer who requested anonymity.

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