health care http://wlrn.org en Florida's Unusual Medicare Charges, And Why They Matter To Patients http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-unusual-medicare-charges-and-why-they-matter-patients <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of Florida doctors has been charging Medicare at a surprisingly high rate.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 01:32:27 +0000 Sammy Mack 32603 at http://wlrn.org Florida's Unusual Medicare Charges, And Why They Matter To Patients Florida Docs Charge Medicare Top Rate For Office Visits http://wlrn.org/post/florida-docs-charge-medicare-top-rate-office-visits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Office visits are the bread and butter of many physicians’ practices. Medicare pays for more than 200 million of them a year, often to deal with routine problems like colds or high blood pressure. Most require relatively modest amounts of a doctor’s time or medical know-how.</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 16:15:41 +0000 Charles Ornstein and Ryann Grochowski Jones -- ProPublica 32385 at http://wlrn.org Florida Docs Charge Medicare Top Rate For Office Visits Legislature Wants To Tighten Scrutiny Over South Florida's Multitude Of 'Sober Houses' http://wlrn.org/post/legislature-wants-tighten-scrutiny-over-south-floridas-multitude-sober-houses <p>Rules to govern the so-called "sober houses" that proliferate in Palm Beach and Broward counties have survived one gauntlet of committees in the Legislature and they're ready for a full House vote.</p><p>The bill aims to protect the sober houses' complaining neighbors as well as the recovering addicts themselves. Listen to the full story below.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:27:02 +0000 Rick Stone 30126 at http://wlrn.org Legislature Wants To Tighten Scrutiny Over South Florida's Multitude Of 'Sober Houses' Miami Nurses In Tallahassee Find Legislation Has No Desire To Extend Medicaid http://wlrn.org/post/miami-nurses-tallahassee-find-legislation-has-no-desire-extend-medicaid <p>The campaign to expand Medicaid for Florida's uninsured poor continued in Tallahassee last week with a mass lobby conducted by doctors and nurses from Miami's Jackson Hospital. They went from office to office in the Capitol seeking legislative support, but got basically nowhere.</p><p>Hear the full story:</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:15:38 +0000 Rick Stone 29914 at http://wlrn.org Miami Nurses In Tallahassee Find Legislation Has No Desire To Extend Medicaid Obamacare Deadline Is Today. Here's What You Need To Know http://wlrn.org/post/obamacare-deadline-today-heres-what-you-need-know <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite opposition from Republicans and a public that remains skeptical, the Affordable Care Act is still the law and the deadline to sign up for insurance without paying a penalty is just days away.&nbsp;The law has already altered the health care industry, established many consumer benefits and has sweeping ramifications for state officials, employers,&nbsp;hospitals and doctors.</span></p><p>Here's a primer on how the law might affect you.</p><p><strong>I am uninsured. Under the law, do I have to buy it and what happens if I don’t?</strong></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:48:20 +0000 Mary Agnes Carey & Kaiser Health News 29815 at http://wlrn.org Obamacare Deadline Is Today. Here's What You Need To Know Why Florida's Immigrant Children Must Wait Five Years For Health Care http://wlrn.org/post/why-floridas-immigrant-children-must-wait-five-years-health-care <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Florida, children who were born outside the United States -- and live here lawfully -- have to wait five years to qualify for the subsidized health care program known as Florida </span>KidCare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, are sponsoring legislation to drop the five-year waiting period.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The law made its third trip to the legislature this year, and will get its first hearing in the Senate committee Tuesday.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:38:46 +0000 Julia Duba 29705 at http://wlrn.org Why Florida's Immigrant Children Must Wait Five Years For Health Care Why An Orlando Attorney Supports Medical Marijuana http://wlrn.org/post/why-orlando-attorney-supports-medical-marijuana <p>On Nov.&nbsp;4, state voters will decide whether to make medical marijuana legal.</p><p>The proposed constitutional amendment got enough petition signatures to make it onto the ballot and it also survived a Florida Supreme Court challenge by state Attorney General Pam Bondi.</p><p>John Morgan is an Orlando-based personal injury attorney who spearheaded the drive under the "United&nbsp;For Care" campaign.</p><p>Here he talks about what led him to the decision to start the effort to legalize medical marijuana.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:32:15 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 28794 at http://wlrn.org Why An Orlando Attorney Supports Medical Marijuana Florida's Insurers Push To Sell Health Coverage To Latinos http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-insurers-push-sell-health-coverage-latinos For all of California's troubles advertising health care to Latinos, that state has embraced the Affordable Care Act and is spending millions of dollars to get people to sign up. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Sammy Mack 28802 at http://wlrn.org Florida's Insurers Push To Sell Health Coverage To Latinos How To Improve Healthcare For Blacks In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/how-improve-healthcare-blacks-south-florida <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A panel of the area’s top medical professionals gathered Tuesday to discuss the state of black healthcare in South Florida.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The discussion, hosted by Legacy Magazine, addressed medical issues affecting African-Americans, who make up nearly a quarter of the South Florida population.</span></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:01:13 +0000 Rachel Morello 24565 at http://wlrn.org How To Improve Healthcare For Blacks In South Florida County Hospital Seeks Taxpayer Help To Attract Obamacare Customers http://wlrn.org/post/county-hospital-seeks-taxpayer-help-attract-obamacare-customers <p></p><p>Jackson Health System wants to go after formerly uninsured individuals now receiving coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Because insured customers have increasingly been choosing hospitals with snazzier facilities, Jackson is asking Miami-Dade County voters to raise their own property taxes to cover a top-to-bottom remake of the hospital system.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:55:22 +0000 Rick Stone 23040 at http://wlrn.org County Hospital Seeks Taxpayer Help To Attract Obamacare Customers How Miami-Dade County Helps Seniors Figure Out Health Care http://wlrn.org/post/how-miami-dade-county-helps-seniors-figure-out-health-care <p>The Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department is trying to do its part to help seniors navigate the health insurance maze.</p><p>Yesterday, the department kicked off a series of health fairs to be held all over the county as part of their Active Adults program.</p><p>Health service providers gave short presentations about how they can help to navigate the complicated health system -- tips about how to get the most out of coverage and ways to avoid health care fraud.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:19:27 +0000 Wilson Sayre 22818 at http://wlrn.org How Miami-Dade County Helps Seniors Figure Out Health Care Some Health Screenings May Harm More Than Help http://wlrn.org/post/some-health-screenings-may-harm-more-help Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield, Va., is unusually busy for a Thursday morning. It's not a typical time for worship, but parishioner Stacy Riggs and her husband have come for something a little different: a medical screening.<p>"I'm getting ready to turn 50 sooner than I'd like to say, and just thought it was a good time to get an overall screening," said Riggs, of Fairfax, Va. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:34:49 +0000 22769 at http://wlrn.org Some Health Screenings May Harm More Than Help Why It's Important To Know Who's Giving You Obamacare Advice In Florida http://wlrn.org/post/why-its-important-know-whos-giving-you-obamacare-advice-florida <p>Forums are being offered around the country about the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>A group calling itself <a href="http://getobamacarenow.com/about-us/" target="_blank">the Obamacare Enrollment Team</a> is providing information and answering questions.</p><p>But the people on the team do not work for the federal government, and they’re pushing products sold by a South Florida insurance company.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:47:16 +0000 Gina Jordan 22599 at http://wlrn.org Why It's Important To Know Who's Giving You Obamacare Advice In Florida How 'The Condom Lady' Teaches Local Seniors About Safe Sex http://wlrn.org/post/how-condom-lady-teaches-local-seniors-about-safe-sex <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; ">Kate GeMeiner, in a pixie haircut and a sensible brown pantsuit, holds up what, from the back of the room, appears to be a see-through balloon. It isn’t.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: left; ">“Never use Vaseline with a condom,” she says in her best announcer’s voice. “Never, only KY jelly.”</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Ana Veciana-Suarez 22567 at http://wlrn.org How 'The Condom Lady' Teaches Local Seniors About Safe Sex How A Flawed System Of Reviewing Medical Complaints Puts Floridians At Risk http://wlrn.org/post/how-flawed-system-reviewing-medical-complaints-puts-floridians-risk <p>Medical professionals in Florida hang onto their licenses and continue practicing as the state grapples with a lengthy disciplinary process that can take years, according to an analysis by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.</p><p>Between 2010 and 2012, it took the Florida Board of Medicine an average 434 days&nbsp;to resolve charges of misconduct against doctors, physician assistants and anesthesiology assistants, according to Florida Department of Health records.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:10:14 +0000 Steve Miller & Florida Center for Investigative Reporting 22559 at http://wlrn.org How A Flawed System Of Reviewing Medical Complaints Puts Floridians At Risk