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9:13 am
Mon April 20, 2015

What It's Like To Be In The Health Coverage Gap In Florida

Cynthia Louis, 57, is one of an estimated thousands in Miami-Dade who are uninsured but would receive Medicaid if the Florida Legislature would approve it.

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 7:42 am

This is the first part in our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

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Health News Florida
9:12 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Scott Compares Obama Administration To Sopranos

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 8:44 am

 Gov. Rick Scott is comparing the Obama administration to the Sopranos and accusing the president of not caring for low-income families, even as the Republican governor refuses to expand Medicaid insurance to more than 800,000 low-income families.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush, who is considering a run for president, is also weighing in, voicing support for a Senate compromise that would eventually take federal funds and give them to families to purchase private insurance.

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Health News Florida
9:07 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Garcia: Scott Suing Feds Could Hurt LIP

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 8:39 am

As chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, Hialeah Republican Rene Garcia is a key member of Senate President Andy Gardiner's leadership team.

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Health News Florida
9:10 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Heroin Deadlier Than Cocaine in Orange, Osceola

Heroin overdoses and deaths are on the rise in Florida.

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 8:35 am

Accidental deaths from drug use is up 26 percent in Orange and Osceola counties, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Heroin overtook cocaine as the deadliest street drug last year. Heroin was found in 89 deaths in Orange and Osceola counties last year, that’s compared to 19 heroin-related deaths in 2011.

Cocaine was a close second, with 88 deaths, and was often used in combination with other drugs. That’s an 89 percent increase from 2012.

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Health News Florida
9:00 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Medicaid HMOs Losing Money on Drugs

Kevin Kearns, president & CEO of Prestige Health Choice

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 12:45 am

Florida Medicaid, which has been touting its "Managed Medical Assistance" program as a national model, may want to hold off.

The program, which shifts virtually all Medicaid recipients into managed-care plans, underestimated how much their care would cost.

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Health News Florida
10:05 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

4 FL Hospitals Earn Top Medicare Rating

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 8:13 am

In an effort to make comparing hospitals more like shopping for refrigerators and restaurants, the federal government has awarded its first star ratings to hospitals based on patients’ appraisals.

Many of the nation’s leading hospitals received middling ratings, while comparatively obscure local hospitals and others that specialized in lucrative surgeries frequently received the most stars.

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Health News Florida
4:34 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Music, Balloons and STD Awareness

Credit Quincy J. Walters / WUSF News

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month. Today is STD Awareness Day in Hillsborough County. 

To mark the occasion, the Hillsborough County Florida Department of Health's clinic had a free STD testing day. 

The lobby was filled with music, balloons, conversation and health trivia games. 

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Health News Florida
2:02 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Scott Suing Feds for Holding Hospital Funds

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 7:20 am

  

Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he is suing the Obama administration for withholding hospital funds because the state won't expand Medicaid.

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Health News Florida
9:44 am
Thu April 16, 2015

State Worker Health Premiums May Change

Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 11:12 am

Since 2005, monthly health insurance premiums for state workers in Florida have stayed the same.

But a bill making its way through the Florida House could make big changes to the state group employee health plan, which covers more than 300,000 state employees and their families.

Right now, workers pay $50 dollars a month for individual coverage, or $180 dollars a month for their family. That’s a fraction of the cost most people who have health insurance through a private employer.

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Health News Florida
9:30 am
Wed April 15, 2015

State Impasse Over Health Care Expansion Deepens

The stalemate between the House and Senate over billions of dollars in health-care funding deepened Tuesday, as the federal government suggested that the fate of a pool of money for hospitals and other medical providers was tied to the state's decision on Medicaid expansion.

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Health News Florida
5:08 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Clinic to Pay $150K In Transgender Lawsuit

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 9:10 am

A central Florida eye clinic has agreed to pay $150,000 to resolve a discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a transgender employee who was terminated.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit which alleges the Lakeland Eye Clinic fired the employee after she started dressing as a woman and told her bosses she was transitioning from male to female. The commission says the termination violates the Civil Rights Act.

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Health News Florida
4:51 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Fl Senate Backs Adoption Incentives; Repeals Gay Adoption Ban

After an impassioned debate, the Florida Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would restore a popular adoption-subsidies program --- while repealing a 38-year-old law that banned gay adoption.

By a vote of 27-11, senators passed the measure (HB 7013), which would provide cash incentives to state workers who adopt children in Florida's foster-care system, especially children with special needs.

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Health News Florida
6:26 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Florida Keys Hope To Add New Weapon In War Against Mosquitoes: Genetic Modification

Carrie Atwood, a domestic inspector for the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, uses a flashlight to search for aedes aegypti larvae.

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 6:50 pm

In the fight against mosquitoes in the Florida Keys, domestic inspector Carrie Atwood has a few indispensable tools. She carries a dipper — essentially, a plastic cup at the end of a stick. She has a flashlight for looking into the backs of plants and pots. And she has a turkey baster.

"That's good for getting into bromeliads, which is a plant that holds water at the base of the leaf," Atwood said. "We use that to dip in there or just any other kind of tight space where the dipper won't go."

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Health News Florida
9:44 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Surgeon General Gets Rough Treatment in Senate

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 8:54 am

In another sign of growing tension about a Senate plan to expand health coverage for low-income Floridians, a Senate committee Tuesday tabled the confirmation of state Surgeon General John Armstrong after questioning him about the issue.

The move by the Senate Health Policy Committee came a day after Gov. Rick Scott --- Armstrong's boss --- opposed the plan to use federal money to provide health coverage to an estimated 800,000 Floridians through a private insurance system.

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Health News Florida
9:43 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Study: More Teens Turning To E-Cigarettes

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 9:39 am

More teenagers are trying electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, according to a study by the University of Florida. Researchers found that teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to use other tobacco products.

E-cigarettes produce vapor from a liquid that comes in a variety of flavors, like bubble gum and cotton candy. The liquid can be bought with or without nicotine.

Researchers say older people are turning to e-cigarettes to quit their smoking habit, while teens like them for recreational use.

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