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5:34 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Advocates Urge Smokers to Butt Out

The Great American Smoke Out is working to get Floridians to pledge to quit
Credit M.S Butler

There's another Thursday in November you might remember besides Thanksgiving,  if the American Cancer Society has its way.

Since the 1970s, The Great American Smoke Out has encouraged Americans who smoke to give it up. In downtown Tampa on Thursday, health advocates aimed to get smokers to take the pledge to give up cigarettes for the day.

Jared White, with the Lung Institute in Tampa,  worked with other volunteers in Lykes Gaslight Square to get locals to sign the pledge to take the day off of cigarette smoking.

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8:38 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Small Firms May Not Want to SHOP

Brooke and Andrew Lee, owners of Roundhouse Creative Studios in St. Petersburg, buy their own health insurance. They are interested in the costs for a small business plan that could include their one fulltime employee.
Mary Shedden/WUSF

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 8:37 am

Brooke and Andrew Lee can't imagine being without health insurance.

So for the past seven years, that's meant digging deep into the earnings of their video production agency in St. Petersburg. It’s expensive, but Brooke Lee says the alternative is worse.

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5:42 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Grand Jury Targets Medicare HMO

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 5:41 pm

Florida's insurance officials are recommending a state takeover and liquidation of Florida Healthcare Plus, a Medicare Advantage plan accused of submitting $25.2 million in phony bills to Medicare and Florida Medicaid.

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12:11 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Ex-Exec Guilty of $67M in Medicare Fraud

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 11:09 am

 A former top executive at a South Florida health care company has pleaded guilty for his role in a nine-year, $67 million Medicare fraud scheme.

Christopher Gabel of Davie, former chief operating officer at Hollywood Pavilion LLC, pleaded guilty Tuesday to health care fraud conspiracy and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.

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10:50 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Autopsy: Air Bag Injuries Killed FL Woman

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 10:58 am

 An Orlando woman died from injuries to her neck and head caused by a car collision and an exploding air bag, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday.

Plastic and metal fragments were scattered throughout the driver's side of Hien Tran's 2001 Honda Accord, and detectives found fragments of loose metal still in the deflated air bag, according to the report. The air bag had multiple tears and was bloodied.

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4:05 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

HHS Secretary Visits FL, Defends ACA

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks with a woman enrolling for health insurance Monday at the University of South Florida enrollment event in Tampa.
WUSF

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 9:26 am

The nation's top health official says the ongoing legal dispute over the Affordable Care Act won't stop people who want insurance from signing up.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced it will consider a challenge to the law, which could eliminate subsidies for individuals who purchased plans in Florida and dozens of other states via the online marketplace known as HealthCare.gov.

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1:29 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

ACA Health Premiums Up 10-15% in FL

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 4:12 pm

The average monthly premiums for Affordable Care Act "silver plans" increased by double digits in most Florida counties for 2015, according to an Associated Press analysis.

In their analysis, AP reporters Mike Schneider in Orlando and Kelli Kennedy in Miami  compared premiums after averaging them for all silver plans, without taking subsidies into account. 

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9:12 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Federal Health Secretary in FL Today

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 9:37 am

From a tailgating party with Gator fans in Gainesville to a beer festival in Pensacola, Floridians had plenty of opportunities Saturday to get in-person help signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. And as the second year of enrollment kicks off, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell is making a swing through Florida today to help get the word out.  

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6:11 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Judge Strikes Down Medical Marijuana Rule

An administrative law judge Friday struck down a rule proposed by health regulators as a framework for Florida's new medical-marijuana industry, finding multiple flaws in the controversial rule challenged by the state's largest nursery and other growers.

Administrative Law Judge W. David Watkins sided with Miami-based Costa Farms and others that objected to the Department of Health's use of a lottery to pick five licensees that will grow, process and distribute strains of non-euphoric marijuana authorized by the Legislature and approved by Gov. Rick Scott earlier this year.

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10:34 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Re-Enrolling for Insurance? Expect Change

Phil Ammann, right, with his wife, Margaret.

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 12:07 pm

    

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9:20 am
Wed November 12, 2014

WellCare Questions Medicare Ratings

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 9:00 am

Medicare Advantage plans that draw a lot of their enrollment from the poor side of town say they're at a disadvantage on the government's five-star ratings scale, which commands respect and governs pay.

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9:07 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Visit Florida to Promote Medical Tourism

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 9:06 am

Visit Florida says it's offering $2.5 million in grant money to increase promotion of medical tourism in Florida.

The state's tourism arm said Monday that two grants will be offered through Dec. 8. One will help promote the state as a medical tourism destination and the other markets the state for medical meetings and training promotion.

The money was approved by the state Legislature.

Each grant awarded under the new medical tourism promotion program will be matched by private dollars.

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9:19 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Time For a HealthCare.gov Test Drive

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 10:54 am

Floridians who buy their own insurance can start shopping for 2015 plans on the federal marketplace on Saturday, but a sneak peek of prices is available now.

HealthCare.gov -- the website for residents in Florida and 36 other states -- opened for window shoppers over the weekend. In Florida, 10 different companies offer plans.

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3:25 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Cigna to Change Plan Amid Discrimination Complaint

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 4:36 pm

 

  Florida insurance officials are forcing the health insurance company Cigna to change its prescription drug policy to ensure that Florida consumers with HIV and AIDS can access their medications.

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2:16 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Supreme Court Will Hear New ACA Challenge

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 2:12 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law that threatens subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums, including Floridians.

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