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7:33 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Impairment Triggers Wrong-Way Crashes

A woman was killed after driving her car the wrong way on southbound I-75 Sept. 22 and striking a tractor trailer in Pasco County.
Florida Highway Patrol

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 9:13 am

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading causes of injury and death in the United States. And while wrong-way crashes account for a small percentage of the accidents, more than a dozen people have died in an outbreak of wrong-way driving on Tampa-area roads.

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9:57 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Six Travelers Monitored As Florida National Guard, Hospitals Prep For Possible Ebola

U.S. Navy Cmd. James Lawler, Naval Medical Research Bio Defense chief of clinical research, briefs a 30-person joint service medical support team in an effort to train personnel to respond quickly, effectively and safely in the event of additional Ebola cases in the United States, on San Antonio Military Medical Center, Tex., Oct. 22, 2014.

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 9:14 am

Six people who recently traveled from Ebola-affected regions are under twice-daily monitoring by the Florida Health Department. The state continues preparing in case someone tests positive.

No cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Florida, and all six of the people being monitored are considered low-risk. Gov. Rick Scott says just under 100 hospitals have completed special Ebola training, and he hopes more will do so.

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7:30 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Most FL Plans Shine in Star Ratings

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 7:32 am

Just a handful of Florida Medicare Advantage plans offered for 2015 received below average scores in a federal quality rating system, a breakdown of data by Avalere Health shows.

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5:44 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Casino Magnate Spending More to Defeat Pot Measure

Sheldon Adelson

A Las Vegas casino magnate is kicking another $1 million to defeat a proposal to legalize medical marijuana.

Sheldon Adelson has now donated a total of $5 million to the group that wants to defeat the constitutional amendment that will be on the November ballot.

Adelson, a high-profile Republican donor and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., is the largest single donor to the Drug Free Florida Committee. The committee is using the money to pay for television ads criticizing Amendment 2.

Adelson has been seeking approval to build a resort casino in the state.

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Health News Florida
9:14 am
Mon October 27, 2014

HealthCare.Gov EZ Form Not for Immigrants

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 9:27 am

HealthCare.gov's simpler online application is being touted as a big win for consumers. But it can't be used by immigrants in the United States legally and naturalized U.S. citizens, who represent millions of potential new health insurance customers.

That's prompting worries that many Hispanics and Asians will end up in long enrollment queues when the second sign-up season for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law gets underway next month.

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5:12 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Florida Orders 21-Day Monitoring for Ebola

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 8:46 am

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering twice daily monitoring for anyone returning from places the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates as affected by Ebola.

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10:03 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Suspended Medicare HMOs Still Listed

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 2:10 pm

Many Florida shoppers at Medicare.gov will find Day Break and Sunrise among their lowest-priced HMO options. But if they call to enroll in either one, they’re out of luck.

Florida Healthcare Plus, a small Coral Gables company that sponsors the two Medicare Advantage plans, is under state and federal suspension, unable to sign up new members during the current open-enrollment season for Medicare, Oct. 15-Dec. 7. Being frozen at this time of year can be a death sentence for such plans.

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9:09 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Health Director Tackles Ebola Facts, Fiction

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 1:06 pm

Hillsborough County's Health Department director is going of the offensive to combat fears about Ebola.

Douglas Holt said that concerns have grown since two health care workers in Texas tested positive for the disease after treating a man who died from it. 

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9:14 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Depression An Evolutionary Process

USF psychology professor, Jonathan Rottenberg, will participate in the 22nd Annual Festival of Reading with his book about depression.
Basic Books Publishing Company

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 9:58 am

Psychology Professor Jonathan Rottenberg wants to change the way people think about depression, a condition the World Health Organization estimates 
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9:57 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Poynter to Host African Journalists After USF Cancels

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 8:44 am

The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg will host a group of African journalists after their original hosts, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg's Department of Journalism and Media Studies, canceled over concerns of the spread of the Ebola virus. 

The visit is part of the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, which brings 100 international journalists to the United States each year. 

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9:01 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Rubio Proposes Ebola Visa Ban

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 9:01 am


U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, will propose legislation to temporarily ban visas into America for people coming from African nations known to have Ebola.

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7:27 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Hospitals Challenge AHCA over Immigrant Emergency Care

A coalition of hospitals from across the state has launched a legal challenge against the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration in a long-running dispute about payments for emergency care provided to undocumented immigrants. The challenge, filed last week in the state Division of Administrative Hearings, involves the extent of emergency care that should be covered for undocumented immigrants through the Medicaid program. The hospitals contend that AHCA overstepped its legal authority in placing a limit on when payments should end.

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9:25 am
Mon October 20, 2014

35K in FL Lose Coverage over Documents

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 9:22 am

More than 35,000 Florida residents have lost the health insurance they enrolled in under the federal health law because they didn’t prove U.S. citizenship or legal residency status by Sept. 5, the Miami Herald reports. 

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9:24 am
Mon October 20, 2014

CDC to Talk Ebola with Florida Hospitals

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 9:32 am

 Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a conference call today on Ebola preparedness and training with Florida hospitals.

Gov. Rick Scott said Saturday that the call scheduled Monday afternoon will provide guidance for proper use of personal protective equipment, safe handling of medical waste and effective clinical strategies within hospitals.

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3:04 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Gov. Scott asks CDC for Help on Florida Ebola Prep

Gov. Rick Scott asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct health care worker training with all Florida hospitals by conference call
Credit AP Photo

Gov. Rick Scott asked federal officials Friday to add Florida airports to the list of the five around the country that have stepped up security to monitor travelers who may be carrying Ebola.

Scott didn't specify whether he wanted all airports or only the state's major airports to have increased safety screenings, saying the federal government should look at airports where potential patients are coming from West Africa. Screeners at airports in Atlanta, Chicago and three others use no-touch thermometers to try to find passengers with fevers.

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