Healthcare Funding Strong in DeSantis’ Budget

While our state legislators work hard to lobby for the needs of their constituents, the governor dictates the winners and losers when he finalizes and signs the budget. In Gov. Ron DeSantis’ $116.5 billion budget for 2024-2025, health care was a clear victor.

Substantial support for cancer research and innovation; investment in the health of Floridians of all ages; funding for mental health and substance abuse; and funding for seniors and their caretakers topped the list. 

Here’s a breakdown of the funding and how it will be used: 

  • $456.5 million to support the health and development of pregnant women, new moms, and children. This funding will enhance prenatal and postnatal care, expand access to pediatric healthcare services, and support early childhood development.
  • $232 million for cancer research funding, including $127.5 million for the Casey DeSantis Cancer Research Program and $60 million for the Florida Cancer Innovation Fund.
  • $115 million to support seniors through the Community Care for the Elderly Program and the Home Care for the Elderly Program.
  • $70 million to support caregivers and individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other related memory disorders.
  • $38.4 million for a new voluntary pilot program that provides for the comprehensive services to individuals with disabilities.
  • $4.9 million for improvements to the State’s Veterans’ Nursing Homes.

Be sure to follow Central Florida Health News on Facebook (Central Florida Health News), X (@CFHealthNews), and Instagram (@CFHealthNews) and online at to see how this funding plays out in the coming year.

Accessibility Toolbar