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10:03 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Suspended Medicare HMOs Still Listed

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 10:37 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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9:22 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Fl. Hospitals Grapple with Possibility of Ebola

All Children's Hospital

Step inside All Children's Hospital and you're greeted with three things: hand sanitizer, tissues and masks decorated with little cartoon Band-Aids with legs, feet and smiles. "Dirt Squirt Alert!" a sign says. "Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick!" 

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9:19 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Nurses Union Demands Better Ebola Training

Nurses gather in Tampa's Ybor City to demand proper training on how to deal with Ebola.

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 9:29 am

Nurses from National Nurses United gathered in Tampa's Ybor City on Wednesday to stage a "die-in."

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10:10 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Scott's Child Abuse Deaths Claim Questioned

Gov. Rick Scott

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 9:40 am

Republican Gov. Rick Scott repeatedly tells voters that abused and neglected children are safer under his leadership than when his Democratic opponent Charlie Crist was governor, but an Associated Press examination of that claim shows that campaign claim may be an exaggeration.

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9:30 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Key to Pot Vote: Turnout, Not Political Party

AP

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 12:50 pm

Need an example of how incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic opponent, Charlie Crist, are trying to attract every possible vote?

Ask them about medical marijuana. Neither candidate avoids the issue. But they do play it safe.

  “I’m going to vote against it. But it’s going to be on the ballot. All the citizens of the state have the right to vote whichever way they think,” Scott told Tampa’s Fox 13 News this past June.

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4:58 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Answering Your Questions About Ebola Treatments And Vaccines

Icon Genetics' Dr. Frank Thieme selects samples of Nicotiana benthamiana, a relative of tobacco, growing in a company greenhouse in Halle, Germany. The company uses the plants to produce antibodies that could be helpful for increasing supplies of ZMapp.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 6:43 pm

This week, All Things Considered asked listeners to send in their questions about Ebola treatment, drugs and vaccines. Here's a lightly edited summary of the conversation about the results, with questions posed by host Melissa Block and answers from NPR Science Correspondent Richard Harris.

Andrea Asuaje of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. asks, how exactly are Ebola patients treated for the disease, aside from isolation?

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2:12 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Court Backs Key Part of Medical Malpractice Law

A federal appeals court Friday upheld part of a controversial Florida medical-malpractice law, saying it does not violate requirements aimed at protecting patient privacy.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a ruling last year by a Tallahassee federal judge. Friday's decision was a win for the Republican-controlled Legislature and groups such as the Florida Medical Association, which lobbied heavily during the 2013 legislative session for changes in the medical-malpractice system.

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