Julio Ochoa

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.

More than $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid are wrapped into the health care reform bill that Senators are now considering.

Legislation making its way on Capitol Hill could help Florida communities hit by toxic algae blooms.

Hillsborough commissioners will consider placing a cap on the number of medical marijuana dispensaries that can open in unincorporated parts of the county.

A St. Petersburg hospital is challenging a state Department of Health decision blocking it from opening a trauma center, the latest in a series of legal battles across the state about trauma facilities.

St. Petersburg officials are repairing about 2,000 manholes to make sure the city's sewage system is not overwhelmed during heavy rainfall.

Red tied may have contributed to the deaths of 70 pelicans in St. Petersburg early this year, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Republican health care proposal passed by the U.S. House last week would cut $800 billion from Medicaid over the next decade.

The state budget includes deep cuts to hospitals that serve the poor and lawmakers are betting on federal money to help offset the losses.

Gov. Rick Scott has declared a public health emergency across Florida for the opioid epidemic.

As legislators work out the details of implementing medical marijuana, pharmacists at the University of South Florida (USF) are determining how to deliver it as medication.

The problem is, not a lot of clinical research has been done on the topic.

Dr. Kevin Sneed, dean of the USF College of Pharmacy, hopes to fix that. He wants to make the school the medical marijuana research hub in Florida.

During a symposium on the subject, Sneed and others discussed how research is needed to determine the appropriate dosage and the best methods for delivery of the drug.

More money is needed to stop overdose deaths, Manatee County leaders told state officials during an opioid workshop Tuesday.

As legislators work out the details of implementing medical marijuana, pharmacists at the University of South Florida are determining how to deliver it as medication.

The drug overdose epidemic has killed thousands in Florida and Gov. Rick Scott is looking for answers.

The state will hold workshops in four counties next week to talk about the problem.

While other health insurers left the Affordable Care Act’s individual market in the state, Florida Blue is staying put and even turning a profit.

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On a recent Tuesday, the weekly produce market co-op at the Woodbrook Estates mobile home community in Lakeland was bustling. 

Boxes of fresh tomatoes, strawberries, lettuce and other fruit and veggies sat atop rows of tables. Residents at the 55 and over community picked through the produce. They filled plastic bags before heading to the cashier. 

 

Until a year ago, a group called Elderpoint Ministries was giving out tons of free food to thousands of families in Polk County. But director Jane Hammond said it didn't work.

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