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Julio Ochoa

Health News Florida Editor

Julio Ochoa is editor of Health News Florida.

He comes to WUSF from The Tampa Tribune, where he began as a website producer for TBO.com and served in several editing roles, eventually becoming the newspaper’s deputy metro editor. 

Julio was born and raised in St. Petersburg, and received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and worked at a paper in Greeley, Colo., before returning to Florida as a reporter and as breaking news editor for the Naples Daily News.

Contact Julio at 813-974-8633, on Twitter at @julioochoa or email julioochoa@wusf.org.

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After 12 people died when a nursing home lost power following Hurricane Irma, the state required all such facilities to have generators.

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Florida sent federal officials a detailed plan for how the state proposes to safely import prescription drugs from Canada and other countries on Friday.

The Southwest Water Reclamation facility in st. petersburg
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St. Petersburg again is facing problems over its ability to treat sewage during big storms.

A new command center at Tampa General Hospital is saving the hospital money and reducing the time patients spend at the facility.

The Kaiser Family Foundation study found among people with large employer coverage, an average of 22 percent of emergency room visits in Florida result in at least one out-of-network charge.
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Florida is one of nine states that have taken on unexpected health care bills by passing comprehensive regulations. 

map of states that expanded access to medicaid.
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Florida is not doing enough to prevent cancer or care for those who get it, according to a new report from the advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society.

Health department gives a hepatitis A shot to a person in Gulfport.
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Florida is dealing with the state's worst hepatitis A outbreak in years and the Tampa Bay area has been hit the hardest. Health officials in Pinellas County are using a new method to combat the virus, which attacks the liver. 

CBD is now legal in Florida, but not all products are created equal.
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CBD is showing up more and more in Florida, from gas stations to grocery stories. It was being sold long before it became legal in the state on July 1. But there is a lot of confusion about whether it’s safe and what is legitimate.

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More changes are coming for Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital after a comprehensive outside review delivered several recommendations for improvements.

U.S. Stem Cell, Inc. is headquarterd in Sunrise Florida.
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A federal judge has ordered a South Florida clinic to stop injecting patients with their own stem cells.

Copay accumulators keep assistance from drug manufacturers from counting towards a patient’s deductible.
The AIDS Institute

Lauren Killgore first learned about her health insurance company’s new policy at the beginning of 2017, when her husband, a 26-year-old hemophiliac, had an internal bleed in his knee.


An alligator broke into a woman's home in Clearwater early Friday morning.
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A 10- to 11-foot alligator broke into a woman’s home in Clearwater early Friday and thrashed about, breaking wine bottles and knocking over furniture while a trapper removed it, police said.

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The number of children covered by Medicaid declined in Florida and other states for the first time in more than a decade.

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Funding within this year’s budget could help thousands of children get health insurance.

Hepatitis A outbreak data map
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Florida is seeing a surge in hepatitis A infections and a majority of the cases are turning up in the Tampa Bay area.

Florida's House of Representatives
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More than 100,000 low-income parents could lose  health care coverage under a Medicaid work-requirement bill being considered in the Florida Legislature, experts estimate.

Tampa businessman Joe Redner has lost the latest round in his attempt to grow his own medical marijuana for juicing.

Trulieve dispensary
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Florida's largest medical marijuana licensee has settled a lawsuit with the state over how many dispensaries it can open.

Proposed changes to some Medicare prescription drug plans are causing concern among patients with serious health conditions.

Prison buses in front of a prison.
Florida Department of Corrections

Florida's prisons have a health care problem.

The state's aging prison population and the high cost of treating inmates with debilitating diseases are behind a surge in spending on health care in recent years.


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Final enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act marketplace were released on Monday, the same day the Trump administration told a federal appeals court that the entire law should be struck down.

Steven Currall speaks in Tampa Friday shortly after being voted the next USF System president.
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The University of South Florida Board of Trustees have selected Steven Currall as the next System president.

Doctor holding a stethascope.
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39 Florida hospitals will get less money from Medicare this year because their patients had high rates of infections or other complications.

A doctor at a desk with a patient.
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A health plan that provides care to low-income Hillsborough County residents is expanding to serve more people.

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Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital will continue to get federal funding after regulators said Friday that the St. Petersburg hospital made required improvements.   

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Lawmakers are considering legislation this year that would provide more oversight of the state’s pediatric heart surgery centers.

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Two top officials at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg are stepping down.

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Tampa Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor was recently selected as chair of the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

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Florida Blue has won the first round of a lawsuit filed by a competitor seeking to stop the company from contracting exclusively with insurance agents.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children will stop offering inpatient care at its Tampa location starting in August.

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