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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.

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.

A federal law providing 10 more years of funding for the national Children’s Health Insurance Program should help Florida continue to reduce its rate of uninsured kids.

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Sen. Bill Nelson was in Tampa on Monday to announce an endorsement from former Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Rossello.

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With hurricane season here, authorities say residents should know whether they live in an evacuation zone, so they know when it’s time to leave.

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When a child with autism or an elderly loved one with dementia wanders off, a K-9 is often called in to track their scent.

But sometimes a shirt or blanket belonging to the missing person is contaminated with the scent of others, making it harder for the dogs to track them.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office began handing out scent kits this week that should help them find missing people faster.

A national group has asked the federal government to extend the deadline for public comment on Florida’s proposed Medicaid changes after a glitch on medicaid.gov prevented submissions.

Donna Berghauser’s office at McLane Middle School is filled with inspirational pictures, quotes and fun posters designed to get students to open up.

Sen. Bill Nelson is filing a bill to get more mental health professionals for students in elementary, middle and high schools across the country.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Tuesday that the state has filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors, blaming the companies for creating the crisis which kills about 15 Floridians a day.

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A Tampa Company has received approval to start clinical trials on a new form of gene therapy to treat cancerous tumors.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has a reputation as being one of the best children’s hospitals in Florida.

The state’s invalidated process for licensing new methadone clinics is delaying help for opioid addicts in rural communities.

Pain management physicians had a role in creating the opioid crisis and some of those doctors are now working to solve the problem.

Florida will get another $27 million dollars this year from the federal government to combat the opioid crisis.

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