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Health Care
2:43 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Ta-da! Explaining The Low Income Pool With A Magic Trick

Justin Senior, deputy secretary for Medicaid for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, spoke in Orlando today.

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 9:02 am

Florida officials debuted a new proposal Wednesday to try and keep a $2.2 billion dollar health fund for the uninsured. The fund is coming with significant changes. But first, a quick magic trick to demonstrate how LIP works.

Florida takes 40 cents, waves a magic federal wand over, and ta-da: We now have a shiny $1 bill.

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Politics
8:55 am
Mon April 27, 2015

The Budget Battle In The Sunshine Economy

Florida's regular legislative session is due to end May 1. Lawmakers are not expected to have agreed to a new budget by then. They have until July 1 to come to a compromise.
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  Two big financial questions remain unanswered as the state Legislature enters its last days of the 2015 regular session – how will Florida's government spend money on health care and the environment?

Billions of dollars are on the line.

The dual debates over Medicaid and Amendment 1 are not linked except for the disagreement between Republicans, who control both houses of the Legislature, over how much money to spend on the health of Floridians and Florida's environment.

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Politics
9:26 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Florida Roundup: Health Care And Budget Plan Gaps

More on our series into the health coverage gap is at WLRN.org/healthgap.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

  On the Florida Roundup, here are the week's topics we discuss.

Health Coverage Gap

About 850,000 Floridians live in the health coverage gap -- they don't earn enough for subsidies through the Affordable Care Act but they don't qualify for Medicaid. However, they would benefit from Medicaid expansion if it was enacted in the state.  Lawmakers haven't come to an agreement.

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Falling Into The Gap
1:41 am
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."
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

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.

Cynthia Louis is a big fan of President Obama. A collage of pictures of the president is propped up against the living room wall along with pictures of her children and a certificate of appreciation from her church.

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Falling Into The Gap
8:17 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Selling 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.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

 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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Newscast
6:24 am
Wed April 22, 2015

April 22, 2015: Florida's KidCare Program Gets Boost From The Federal Government

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

    

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Expanding Medicaid
6:41 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

State Economist Warns 'We Will Feel It' If Medicaid-Related Hospital Funds Are Lost

Photo illustration of Medicaid card.
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  TALLAHASSEE -- State House Republicans emerged from a closed-door meeting on Tuesday apparently still resolved to oppose expanding Medicaid for 800,000 low-income Floridians.

Meanwhile, the Senate, in an unusual workshop session to hash out the Medicaid problem and its implications for Florida's hospitals and its economy, was hearing from the state's chief economist that the House position threatens an economic catastrophe that begins with Florida's safety net hospitals.

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Falling Into The Gap
6:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

The Barriers People In The Coverage Gap Face To Get Care

Cynthia Louis with her beloved perm.
Credit Wilson Sayre

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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Health Care
12:26 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Floridians Affected By The Health Coverage Gap

Credit Miami Herald

Thousands of South Floridians too poor to afford health insurance on their own are going without.

These people end up in what is called the "coverage gap" because they earn too little to get help buying health insurance under Obamacare, but they don’t qualify for Medicaid.

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Health Care
9:39 am
Thu April 16, 2015

'Young Invincibles' Demand Medicaid

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  The "Young Invincibles" is an ironic demographic designation for young people who think they will never get sick, will never buy health insurance and will therefore bring down Obamacare.

But Cristina Calvillo-Rivera, representing the actual Young Invincibles organization, says Florida's 300,000 people of ages 18 through 34 do want care, are less likely to get it, and more likely to have medical debt.

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Newscast
7:03 am
Fri April 3, 2015

April 3, 2015: House And Senate Disagree On Health Care Spending

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald news you heard:

 

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Health Care
3:20 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Practitioners Not Waiting for Telemedicine Laws

All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg is about to complete its installation of high-resolution telemedicine cameras in the neonatal critical care units at five area hospitals.
All Children's Hospital

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 10:24 am

It was 1964. The New York World's Fair.

And a young Tony Napolitano saw his first video phone at the Bell Telephone pavilion. The boy marveled that people could connect visually from remote locations.

Fast forward to 2015. Napolitano, now a pediatric neonatologist, is about to make this connection an ordinary part of practicing medicine at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.

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Newscast
6:45 am
Thu April 2, 2015

April 2, 2015: Business Groups Praise Senate Plan To Expand Health Care

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Medicaid Expansion
11:35 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Want To Partner With Florida To Lower Health Care Costs

Patrick Conway, chief medical officer for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, speaking with Donna Shalala, president of University of Miami at the university's annual health care conference this year.
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The Florida Legislature is debating on whether to expand Medicaid. About two weeks ago, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that would expand health care coverage to about 800,000 low-income Floridians using billions in federal dollars.

And the U.S. Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services would have to grant the state a waiver to get the federal funds.

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#HealthCare15
11:30 am
Tue March 24, 2015

UM Health Care Conference Highlighted "Disruptive Innovation"

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The University of Miami School of Business hosted its yearly health care conference Monday. The main topic of discussion was “disruptive innovation,” which organizer and professor Steven Ullmann says means "to disrupt how we do health care provision in this country."

Ullmann says the health care system now is fragmented, and that makes it expensive.

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