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11:38 am
Tue April 28, 2015

How Getting Married Affects Health Insurance Tax Credits

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 10:33 am

If you're about to tie the knot, do you know how a change in marital status could affect the credit you got toward health insurance when you were single? You could end up having to repay a big chunk of the money. Here's the question and an answer that lays out the way the IRS handles the situation.

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9:17 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Guardianship Bills Racing The Clock

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 8:43 am

As lawmakers enter the final days of the regular legislative session, they have not resolved proposals aimed at shielding older Floridians from predatory private guardians who take control of the seniors' assets.

 

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9:17 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Gardiner: Send Full FHIX Plan to Feds

Senate President Andy Gardiner

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 3:00 pm

Florida Medicaid’s request that federal officials send the state $2.2 billion dollars to keep the Low Income Pool subsidies flowing to hospitals won’t work because a vital part is missing, Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner says.

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2:39 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Drop-In Chefs Help Seniors Stay In Their Own Homes

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 11:29 am

A healthy diet is good for everyone. But as people get older, cooking nutritious food can become difficult and sometimes physically impossible. A pot of soup can be too heavy to lift. And there's all that time standing on your feet. It's one of the reasons that people move into assisted living facilities.

But a company called Chefs for Seniors has an alternative: They send professional cooks into seniors' homes. In a couple of hours they can whip up meals for the week.

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9:38 am
Mon April 27, 2015

FL Legislature Adds Protections For Pregnant Women

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 9:39 am

Florida is making it clear that anti-discrimination laws extend to pregnant women.

The Florida Legislature on Friday passed a bill that would add pregnant women to the state's existing civil rights law. The measure passed the Florida House by a 115-2 vote. The Senate passed the bill unanimously.

If Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill (SB 982) into law, hotels and restaurants could not discriminate against pregnant women. Employers also could not refuse to hire a woman because she is pregnant.

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9:33 am
Mon April 27, 2015

FL Could Isolate Infected People

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 9:34 am

Florida's top health official could soon have expanded powers to isolate people suspected of being infected with severe diseases.

The Florida Legislature on Thursday sent to Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would bolster the power of the State Surgeon General to place people suspected or likely having a disease into isolation and quarantine. The measure was unanimously passed by both the House and Senate.

The legislation also would allow state health officials to use police to enforce an order.

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9:06 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Special Enrollment Deadline Looms

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 9:05 am

People in Florida and the three dozen other states that use the online federal insurance marketplace at HealthCare.gov have a little time left to shop for health insurance.

This special enrollment period for insurance plans under the federal health law runs through Thursday, April 30.

It’s for people who didn't know -- or understand -- that they could face a tax penalty for not having health coverage, according to federal officials.

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7:29 am
Fri April 24, 2015

House Republicans Make Budget Offer

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 7:30 am

 Top Republicans in the Florida House made an offer Thursday to try to bridge a budget gap with Senate Republicans, but it could still result in the state's hospitals getting significantly less than they are receiving now.

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2:51 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Selling Hard Boiled Eggs For Medicine: Tradeoffs People In The Gap Make For Health Care

Cynthia Louis in one of Florida International University's Neighborhood HELP Program parked in parking lot of the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Miami Gardens.

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:50 pm

 This is the third 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.

Every Tuesday, a giant blue bus parks in front of the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Miami Gardens. Inside looks like a doctor’s office with a reclining exam chair and anatomical charts. You only know that it’s not a traditional office when it shakes as people get on and off.

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12:49 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

The Barriers People In The Coverage Gap Face To Get Care

Cynthia Louis with her beloved perm.

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 9:33 am

This is the second 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.

Before the pain in her arms started, Cynthia Louis would get up each morning, sit on the edge of her bed and fix her shoulder-length hair. In the mirror above her dressing table where her hair products and pins are neatly aligned, she would brush out her curled hair to frame her face.

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12:49 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Medicaid: For The Loafer-Wearing Special Interests Or For The Neediest Floridians?

Cynthia Louis at a free mobile health clinic, one of the few places she can go to get health care as a person in the "coverage gap."

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 7:41 am

This is the fourth and final part of 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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10:49 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Program Building 3-D Bionics for Kids Grows

Wyatt Falardeau got a Blue Man Group bionic arm from Limbitless Solutions, a UCF nonprofit.

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 9:14 am

An Orlando nonprofit that 3-D prints free bionic arms for children is expanding. And to kick off the expansion, they gave a 3-D printed arm to autistic 12-year-old.

Wyatt Falardeau had his arm amputated shortly after birth. He’s a huge fan of Blue Man Group, and earlier this month, they gave him a new robotic arm.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Wyatt said.

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10:40 am
Thu April 23, 2015

FL To Add 500 New Nursing Home Beds

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:42 am

 Nearly thirty companies will be competing to build new nursing homes in Florida. And with 1,700 applications for only about 500 new beds, competition will be fierce.

Florida just ended a 15-year moratorium on new nursing home construction.

Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Elizabeth Dudek said this could be the last big round of new nursing homes because of a cap.

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3:30 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Drug Database Credited With Lowering ODs

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:45 pm

A database that tracks oxycodone and other controlled substances in Florida is being credited with a 25 percent drop in overdose deaths.

In 2011, the state created the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program so doctors and pharmacists could see if patients were doctor shopping, or getting care from multiple doctors without their awareness,  for prescription drugs.

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1:35 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

House Approves 24-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions

State Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, is the sponsor of the bill.

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:08 pm

With the Senate also poised to take up the issue, the Florida House on Wednesday approved a bill that would require 24-hour waiting periods before women can have abortions.

The measure (HB 633), sponsored by freshman Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, passed on a vote of 77-41, largely along party lines.

The debate followed party lines, too, with Republicans arguing for the sanctity of life and Democrats arguing for the right to choose.

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