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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.

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.

Hillsborough County

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.

Pasco Sheriff's Office

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.

A national study released Tuesday provides a state-by-state look at life expectancy and the factors that are killing Floridians, and as one might expect, opioid abuse is near the top of the list.

It came down to the wire, but a federal agency that helps thousands of Florida seniors sign up for Medicare will be funded for another year.

St. Petersburg Police Department

A crane at a construction site in St. Petersburg this morning fell, nearly crushing at least one worker.

From opioid prescription limits to an agreement on the regulation of trauma centers, it was a busy year for health care issues in the Florida Legislature.

Proposed changes to Florida’s Medicaid eligibility requirements would make it harder for people to get coverage after they become sick.

Florida Department of Transportation

The same company that designed a pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Miami also designed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and the elevated portion of the Selmon Expressway in Tampa.

Southeastern Grocers

Southeastern Grocers announced plans to close 94 stores, including 10 Winn-Dixie stores in the Tampa Bay area.

A bill approved by the Florida Legislature would end HCA’s bid to open a trauma center at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg.

A program that helps thousands of Florida seniors sign up for Medicare could lose all of its funding by the end of the month if Congress doesn't act.

Florida legislators passed a bill this week that would make first responders eligible for workers compensation if they are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The high school shooting in Parkland is sparking a lot of questions from children who are wondering if something similar could happen at their school.

After the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida leaders are considering pouring more money into mental health care and experts in the field released some suggestions on Thursday.

Inside the kitchen at Bethel Community Baptist Church Boyzell Hosey and Samantha Wilson are battling for bragging rights.

Tobacco settlement money used to prevent people from smoking has been extremely successful.

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