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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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Health News Florida
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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Health News Florida
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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Health News Florida
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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Health News Florida
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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Health News Florida
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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Health News Florida
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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Health News Florida
9:38 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Roskamp Institute Plans to Expand Clinic

Ghania Ait-Ghezala, a scientist with the Roskamp Institute.

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 10:01 am

The Roskamp Institute in Sarasota is planning to expand its clinic. The clinic is seeing an increasing number of active duty military and veterans.

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12:04 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Hospital Loses Appeal on Medicaid Overpayments

Florida Hospital Orlando
Credit Florida Hosptial

An appeals court Thursday sided with the state Agency for Health Care Administration in a dispute about whether Florida Hospital Orlando was paid too much for treating some Medicaid patients.

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Health News Florida
9:26 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Virtual Kiosks Take Care Outside Clinics

HealthSpot

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 6:57 pm

There was a time when you got sick, you waited to see the family physician.

But then came the "Doc In A Box" clinics, where you went without an appointment, at night and on weekends. And it only got easier when mini-clinics began popping up in neighborhood pharmacies.

Well, these convenient medical visits are taking the next step. Clinic "kiosks" will soon be connecting Floridians and physicians via video screens and interactive tools.

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8:12 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Can Chefs Aid Fight Against Disease?

Chef Mabel Guzman prepares a salad for a healthy cooking class at the Humana Guidance Center in Zephyrhills.
Lottie Watts WUSF

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 12:46 pm

Health experts say changing your eating habits is one way to avoid becoming overweight or obese.

But anyone who has tried a new diet knows it can be really tough -- even when you're facing serious health consequences. So some people are trying out free cooking classes with a professional chef to help make better choices about what they eat.

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Health News Florida
10:30 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

WellCare Boasts 4M Members

Drew Asher, WellCare exec

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:30 am

WellCare Health Plans' stock shot up 7 percent Wednesday after the release of a third-quarter earnings report that showed membership now exceeds 4 million. That's up from 2.8 million members at the same time a year ago, a jump of 43 percent.  

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1:53 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Attorney Morgan Taking Medical Pot Issue to Tallahassee

John Morgan

The primary backer of a medical marijuana amendment has not given up the push despite Tuesday’s rejection by Florida’s voters, this time with an eye on the Legislature.

“This fight does not end tonight, the fight begins tonight” attorney John Morgan said late Tuesday in an email to the initiative’s supporters. Tomorrow we go to Tallahassee.”

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Health News Florida
9:21 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Senate Hopeful Inspired by Medicaid Expansion Loses

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 9:23 am

  Democratic candidate Judithanne McLauchlan, who was inspired to run for Florida Senate District 22 against incumbent Republican Jeff Brandes because he was the only vote in the Senate against an alternative to Medicaid expansion, lost 57 percent to 43 percent.

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Health News Florida
11:33 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Medical Marijuana Proposal Falls Short

  Little more than three months ago, Floridians appeared poised to overwhelmingly pass a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana.

But Tuesday, after a barrage of negative ads by opponents, the idea came crashing down.

As of 11 p.m., 57.5 percent of voters backed the proposed amendment --- known as Amendment 2 --- that would have allowed patients to receive the substance. But constitutional amendments require approval from 60 percent of voters to pass.

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