WUSF News http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu en Insurers: 2015 Exchange Rates Could Spike http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/insurers-2015-exchange-rates-could-spike <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/healthnewsfl/files/styles/card_280/public/201308/stock_insurance_paperwork.jpg" alt="" /><p>State insurance officials are preparing to release figures next week on how much health plans will cost under the Affordable Care Act for 2015, and rate increases seem inevitable as insurers say their new consumers are older and sicker than anticipated.<p>Top executives at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and Cigna said rate increases are likely, but dec Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:11:36 +0000 Associated Press 5242 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Insurers: 2015 Exchange Rates Could Spike Flesh-Eating Bacteria Kills 1, Sickens 1 http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/1-dead-1-sickened-flesh-eating-bacteria Sarasota County health officials have issued a warning against eating raw oysters and exposing open wounds to coastal and inland waters after one person died and another was sickened by a flesh-eating bacteria.<p>Officials said Tuesday that 11 cases were reported statewide in 2014 and 41 cases in 2013. The two Sarasota people who contracted vibrio vulnificus were middle-aged and had medically compromising conditions.<p>Vibrio is an infection caused by a bacteria found in warm salt water. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:21:19 +0000 Associated Press 5241 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Hot Car Deaths: Tragedy or a Crime? http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/hot-car-deaths-tragedy-or-crime <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/healthnewsfl/audio/2014/07/7-31_hot_car_deaths_for_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;</span>The large digital thermometer attached to a car read 88 degrees when the St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue and the <a href="http://www.allkids.org/body.cfm?id=259&fr=true"><strong>Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition</strong></a> started a recent demonstration.<p>The interior temperature quickly rose to 118 degrees, much higher than the temperatures pediatric surgeon Dr. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:19:01 +0000 Megan Milanese 5240 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Hot Car Deaths: Tragedy or a Crime? Court Sides With Patient On Confidentiality http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/court-sides-patient-confidentiality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A South Florida appeals court Wednesday ruled that a sheriff's deputy cannot testify about a conversation he heard between a patient he was guarding and a psychotherapist in a hospital emergency room.</span></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:59:18 +0000 News Service of Florida 5239 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Court Sides With Patient On Confidentiality U.S. House Passes VA Reform Legislation http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/us-house-passes-va-reform-legislation <p>Reform within the VA medical system is one step closer as the U.S. House of Representatives passed a compromise VA reform bill Wednesday afternoon.</p><p>The joint House and Senate legislation provides $10 Billion so veterans on waiting lists can seek care from private doctors. It also authorizes leases for 27 new medical facilities, including one in New Port Richey, and budgets $5 Billion to hire more VA doctors and medical staff.</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:02:24 +0000 Bobbie O'Brien 5238 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu U.S. House Passes VA Reform Legislation Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Sexual Assaults on College Campuses http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/bipartisan-bill-reduce-sexual-assaults-college-campuses <p>Eight U.S senators including Florida's Marco Rubio introduced legislation Wednesday they say will iprove the way colleges handle sexual violence.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:43:11 +0000 Lucielle Salomon 5237 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Sexual Assaults on College Campuses Fact-Checking Wasserman Schultz on ACA Court Rulings http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/fact-checking-wasserman-schultz-aca-court-rulings <p><a href="http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/rights/">The Affordable Care Act&nbsp;</a>-- Obamacare -- was dealt another setback recently when <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/obamacare-still-dead/">the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia </a>ruled that people in states that don't operate their own insurance marketplace cannot get subsidies for the insurance they buy on the federal marketplace.<br /><br />That's because the language of the ACA doesn't specifically say that.<br /> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:19:26 +0000 Craig Kopp 5236 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Fact-Checking Wasserman Schultz on ACA Court Rulings Y'all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches 'Southern Accent Reduction' Course http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/yall-keep-talking-lab-scratches-southern-accent-reduction-course Government scientists can speak Southern after all.<p>Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced that in response to complaints from staff, it's canceling plans to hold a six-week "Southern Accent Reduction" course, the <em>Knoxville News Sentinel</em> <a href="http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local-news/yall-come-ornl-bows-to-southern-pride_75723471" target="_blank">reports</a>.<p>Officials at the scientific complex in east Tennessee said they had only been responding to an employee request. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:18:59 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 5235 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Florida Matters: Sexual Assaults on College Campuses (LISTEN) http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/florida-matters-sexual-assaults-college-campuses-listen <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>A <a href="http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/sexual-assaults-college-campuses-targeted"><strong>report</strong></a> from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault says universities are not providing all the resources they can to protect students from sexual violence. Dozens of schools are under investigation for how they have handled sexual assault cases.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:08:50 +0000 Lottie Watts & Craig Kopp 5233 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Florida Matters: Sexual Assaults on College Campuses (LISTEN) Florida Researchers Pave Way for Alzheimer's Study in Europe http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/florida-researchers-pave-way-alzheimers-study-europe <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Liz Henry/Flickr" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wgcu/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/2051224366_b2dd520bfa_o_0.png" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wgcu/audio/2014/07/WEBALZ.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scientists in Sarasota researched a drug that is now being tested in a large study in Europe.</span><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:44:28 +0000 Topher Forhecz 5232 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Florida Researchers Pave Way for Alzheimer's Study in Europe FMA Pours $300K into 'Better Florida' Committee http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/fma-pours-300k-better-florida-committee <p>The Florida Medical Association, a powerful doctors' lobby, funneled $300,000 this month into a political committee that has run attack ads in at least one closely contested legislative race, according to campaign-finance reports. The Florida Medical Association Political Action Committee contributed the money July 14 to another committee known as the "Better Florida Fund Corp." In February, the FMA also put $1.25 million into the Better Florida Fund Corp. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:37:45 +0000 The News Service of Florida 5230 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Crist Pushing for Minimum Wage, Equal Pay http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/crist-pushing-minimum-wage-equal-pay-0 <p>If Charlie Crist returns to Florida's governor's office, he plans to sign some executive orders as his first order of business, he said Tuesday in St. Petersburg.</p><p>His plan would address areas popular with Democratic voters. Crist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> would raise the minimum wage for state contractors and promote equal pay for women at companies doing business with the state. He would require the state to hire Florida companies as subcontractors whenever possible.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:40:51 +0000 Mary Shedden 5227 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Crist Pushing for Minimum Wage, Equal Pay Girl Hit By Plane on Beach Dies http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/girl-hit-plane-beach-dies <p></p><p>A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a Gulf Coast beach near Sarasota while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.</p><p>Oceana Irizzary's father <strong><a href="http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/beach-plane-crash-kills-man-celebrating-anniversary" target="_blank">also was killed Sunday</a></strong>. The two, from Georgia, were walking along a beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon when the 1972 Piper Cherokee plane made an emergency landing after reporting problems.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:39:28 +0000 The Associated Press & Mark Schreiner 5224 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Girl Hit By Plane on Beach Dies Relief for Military Victims of Predatory Lending http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/relief-military-victims-predatory-lending <p>Some 17,000 service members nationwide and other consumers who were targeted by Rome Finance through unfair lending practices will not have to payoff their outstanding finance agreements according to the <a href="http://www.consumerfinance.gov/blog/category/servicemembers/">Consumer Financial Protection Bureau </a>(CFPB) and several state attorney generals.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:34:40 +0000 Bobbie O'Brien 5225 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Relief for Military Victims of Predatory Lending Meet the New Boss of USF Health http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/meet-new-boss-usf-health <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since becoming the new senior vice president for </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://health.usf.edu/index.html" target="_blank">USF Health</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and dean of the </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://health.usf.edu/medicine/index.htm" target="_blank">Morsani College of Medicine</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in early May, Dr. Charles Lockwood has sat down with every department he oversees at the University of South Florida.</span></p><p>The former Dean of the Ohio State University's <strong><a href="http://medicine.osu.edu/about/lockwood/pages/index.aspx" target="_blank">College of Medicine </a></strong>is plotting a course for one of USF's flagship divisions as he takes over from <strong><a href="http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/klasko-leaving-usf-health-no-regrets" target="_blank">Dr. Stephen Klasko</a></strong>, who led USF Health for nine years before leaving last June to become the president of Thomas Jefferson University and president/CEO of the Jefferson University Hospital System.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:45:58 +0000 Mark Schreiner 5219 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Meet the New Boss of USF Health