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Julio Ochoa

Health News Florida Editor

Julio Ochoa is editor of Health News Florida.

He comes to WUSF from The Tampa Tribune, where he began as a website producer for TBO.com and served in several editing roles, eventually becoming the newspaper’s deputy metro editor. 

Julio was born and raised in St. Petersburg, and received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and worked at a paper in Greeley, Colo., before returning to Florida as a reporter and as breaking news editor for the Naples Daily News.

Contact Julio at 813-974-8633, on Twitter at @julioochoa or email julioochoa@wusf.org.

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There's less than a month left to enroll for health insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplace and so far this year fewer people have been signing up.

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Authorities say 39 white supremacist gang members have been arrested in a gun and drug-trafficking operation.

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A health insurance provider that started selling plans on Florida’s Affordable Care Act marketplace this year is suing the state’s largest insurer.

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Another case of hepatitis A has been found in a food service worker in the Tampa Bay area.

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Andrew Gillum was in St. Petersburg Friday for his first campaign event for governor since Hurricane Michael devastated parts of the Panhandle.

All three of the flu outbreaks that have been reported in Florida so far this season occurred in Hillsborough County, according to the state.

Hillsborough commissioners on Wednesday voted to spend $13.7 million dollars over the next year to combat opioid addiction.

St. Petersburg leaders have settled a lawsuit filed by environmental groups in 2016 after the city released millions of gallons of sewage into Tampa Bay. 

Health insurance premiums and deductibles for employer-sponsored plans are costing workers more this year, according to a report from Kaiser Family Foundation.

Open enrollment for Medicare begins October 15 and this year there are lots of changes that will create more health care options for seniors.

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A bird that migrates more than 9,000 miles from the Arctic to the southern tip of South America, is encountering problems when it stops over in the Tampa Bay area.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating its flood zone maps in the Tampa Bay area and the changes could affect thousands of home and business owners.

E-cigarette use among young people in Florida spiked over the past year, according to data released by Tobacco Free Florida.

Consumers signing up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace should double check how prescriptions are covered.

Children registering for school in Florida this year were asked to reveal some history about their mental health.

The new requirement is part of a law rushed through the state legislature after the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

The state’s school districts now must ask whether a child has ever been referred for mental health services on registration forms for new students.

Sen. Bill Nelson filed a bill last week that would provide veterans with access to medical marijuana at the VA and open doors for more research on the drug.

Charles Claybaker spent five tours in Afghanistan, kicking in doors and taking out terrorists. But an aircraft crash in 2010 left the Army Ranger with a crushed leg, hip and spine and a traumatic brain injury.

Army doctors loaded him up with a dozen prescriptions to numb the pain and keep his PTSD in check.

Florida is not doing enough to prevent cancer, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society’s political-action committee.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist was in Largo on Wednesday to introduce legislation that would protect federal employees who use medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

Researchers at the University of South Florida say reducing your risk of dementia can be a mouse click away.  

A federal court decision to block a change to Kentucky’s Medicaid program could affect a similar request from Florida.

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Sen. Bill Nelson wants the Federal Trade Commission to investigate a company that operates the SunPass electronic toll system.

A requirement in the school safety bill passed after the Parkland shooting is raising privacy concerns.

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Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law has come into play again after an unarmed man was shot to death outside a convenience store in Clearwater on Friday.

Programs that help people sign up for Affordable Care Act plans in Florida will have their funding cut by 81 percent this year.

As a candidate, Gov. Rick Scott pitched the idea of having private companies provide health care to the state's prisoners in a plan to save taxpayers $1 billion over seven years. But in the first five years of privatization, the cost has climbed from $278 million to $375 million.

For the first time in years, health insurance premiums sold on the Affordable Care Act marketplace in Florida are not expected to rise by double digits.

The Trump administration this week cut the budget for programs that help people sign up for Obamacare plans by more than 70 percent.

Feeding Tampa Bay is changing the way it distributes food in Manatee County and will end its contract with The Food Bank of Manatee next month.

Forty nine people died and dozens were injured in the Pulse nightclub shooting two years ago. Not counted in the total are some of the first responders who are now struggling with PTSD after witnessing the scene.

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