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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
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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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Health News Florida
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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Health News Florida
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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Health News Florida
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.
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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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9:10 am
Fri October 10, 2014

FL Medicare Plan Wins 5 Stars

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 10:44 am

Just in time for Medicare's open enrollment season, a Florida-based HMO has won the federal government's coveted  five-star rating, a rare honor that brings more than bragging rights. Such plans receive the freedom to enroll new members all year long. 

The winner, CarePlus Health Plans Inc., is a subsidiary of Humana Inc., Florida's largest Medicare vendor. Humana did well in the quality ratings, too,  but was outscored by the little plan it bought in 2005.

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9:38 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Medicare's Complexity Can Be Scary

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 10:45 am

As of Nov. 1, I will be on Medicare, which means I have to enroll this month. I should have plenty of company, since open enrollment for 2015 begins Oct. 15.

As a reporter and editor on the health-care beat, I’ve been explaining Medicare to the public since 1976. So people assume that I understand it thoroughly.  

But writing about Medicare is one thing; living it is another. For advice, I called Barbara Katz, a former reporter and lawyer who recently moved to Longboat Key from another state.  She enrolled in Medicare and a supplemental plan six years ago.

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8:24 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Limit on Legal Fees Spurs High-Profile Bill Fight

An appeals court this month will weigh the constitutionality of a 2012 legislative decision that limited fees for attorneys who represented a severely disabled child in a lawsuit against a public hospital system.

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7:44 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Inspires FL Senate Candidate

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 8:59 am

Medicaid expansion is an issue in the race for Florida’s Senate District 22, a swing district that covers most of Pinellas County and extends to South Tampa.

"This is an issue that propelled me into the race because I am running against the only senator that voted against the Medicaid expansion,” Democrat Judithanne McLauchlan said.

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10:10 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Nelson Calls for Travel Bans After Ebola Concerns

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Senator Bill Nelson wants to suspend travel from some countries in West Africa affected by the Ebola virus.

Nelson met with U.S. Customs officials at Orlando International Airport on Wednesday to try and gain support for the ban.

Nelson asked Secretary of State John Kerry to stop issuing new visas to citizens of three countries in West Africa - Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say have the highest rates of Ebola infections.

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8:39 am
Wed October 8, 2014

FL Health Department Confirms 1st Enterovirus Case

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 8:39 am

The state Department of Health has confirmed the first Florida case of a severe respiratory illness affecting children around the country.

Officials said a 10-year-old girl from Polk County was recovering Tuesday from enterovirus 68. She was treated in Hillsborough County.

The virus causes cold and flu-like symptoms and is considered highly contagious. In infants and young children, the virus can cause difficulty breathing.

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