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Health Care
9:05 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Health Plan for Legal Immigrant Kids Stalled

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 6:23 pm

A bill that would extend low-cost KidCare health insurance to roughly 25,000 children of legal immigrants has gotten further in the Florida Senate than ever before, but remains stalled in the House.

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Sports
12:51 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Running Beyond Marathons: Obstacle Races In South Florida

The finish line, like the starting line, will greet runners with the Battle Frog.

Millions of runners are searching for a new challenge. They want something with more danger and fun than a traditional marathon event.

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Health Care
10:12 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Florida Considers 24-hour Waiting Period For Abortions

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 10:14 am

  Woman seeking abortions would have to wait 24 hours under a bill now advancing in the Florida Legislature.

A House committee on Thursday approved the bill after hearing passionate testimony.

The measure sponsored by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan would require a woman seeking an abortion to talk in person to the physician performing the abortion at least 24 hours ahead of time.

Sullivan said she was sponsoring the bill (HB 633) to make sure women were not rushed into seeking an abortion.

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Medical Marijuana
10:11 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Delays Persist on Charlotte’s Web Rules

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 9:37 am

  Delays continue for the rules on the state's legalized low-THC marijuana extract known as "Charlotte's Web," the Orlando Sentine

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Politics
4:13 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Scott Drops Welfare Drug Testing Challenge

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 9:13 am

After spending at least $300,000 of taxpayer money on legal expenses, Gov. Rick Scott is abandoning his fight to force welfare applicants to undergo mandatory drug tests.

A federal appeals court ruled in December that the state’s mandatory, suspicion-less drug testing of applicants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, program is an unconstitutional violation of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government.

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Health Care
11:04 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Child Dies, FL Admits Fault, Millions Owed

Matthew and Mark Robinson

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 2:46 pm

Matthew Robinson loved to have eggs for dinner.
 
But they were out the evening of November 4, 2010. So the 10-year-old and his brother Mark walked out of their Kissimmee apartment and headed across the street to the Kangaroo convenience store.
 

While crossing the street to come home, a city bus made a left turn into the crosswalk and hit the two boys.

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Hospitals
3:00 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Despite Training Hospitals, South Florida Will Still Face Doctor Shortage

Credit Timmy Gunz / Creative Commons/Flickr

Getting an appointment with a doctor may get a lot harder over the next ten years, according to a study out this week.

The report, commissioned by the Teaching Hospital Council of Florida and the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, says Florida is facing a troubling shortage of specialist doctors - to the tune of almost 7,000. Even though South Florida has a number of teaching hospitals, the survey finds the region will still feel the crunch, especially in Palm Beach County.

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Health Care
7:41 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Some in FL Get Extra Week on HealthCare.gov

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 9:23 am

Federal health officials are granting a special enrollment period for consumers who unsuccessfully tried to buy health insurance before Sunday's deadline and were sidelined by long wait times or computer glitches.

Some consumers who tried to pick a health plan through HealthCare.gov or its call centers were unable to complete their application because of the high volume of callers or technical problems with income verification. If you were in line by Feb. 15, health officials are giving you until Feb. 22 to complete your application.

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Health Care
5:03 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Fraud Case Casts Spotlight On Medicare Advantage Plans

A federal grand jury in West Palm Beach, Fla., indicted Dr. Isaac Kojo Anakwah Thompson on eight counts of health care fraud last week.
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Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 12:45 pm

As privately run Medicare health plans for seniors scramble to stave off proposed funding cuts, federal prosecutors in Florida are pursuing an unusual criminal fraud case that's likely to raise new concerns that some plans may be overcharging the government.

The criminal case is believed to be among the first to take aim at billing practices of Medicare Advantage plans, which are popular with seniors because out-of-pocket costs are lower and they provide more benefits than traditional Medicare.

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Health Care
6:09 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Miami's Importance To Obamacare

South Florida is home to the highest number of people signing up for Obamacare.

With just one week before the open enrollment period ends, more than 660,000 people in South Florida have gotten health insurance plans through Healthcare.gov.

Almost one out of every two Floridians enrolling are from the Miami - Ft. Lauderdale - Palm Beach region. It's more than the next two metropolitan areas combined, making South Florida prime territory for the Affordable Care Act.

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Health Care
11:31 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Florida Senate Bill Would Allow Non-Doctors To Prescribe "Controlled Substances"

THE NURSE PRACTITIONER WILL SEE YOU NOW NPs and physician assistants may soon have the same prescribing authority as doctors.
Credit Doug McIntosh/Flickr

Florida legislators this year may expand the prescribing authority of physician assistants and nurse practitioners to include controlled substances. The move responds to Florida's reported doctor shortage and its developing flood of patients with new Obamacare health policies.

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Health
2:53 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Deadline Approaches To Sign Up For Health Insurance Marketplace

Credit 401(k)2012 / Flickr Creative Commons

As the Feb 15 deadline nears to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, official reports show more than a million Floridians have signed up  with an overwhelming majority qualifying for tax credits.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is highlighting the affordability of the Affordable Health Care Act while last minute stragglers weigh their  options.

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Medicaid
10:25 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Medicaid Expansion Touted as Good for Business

The Cover the Bay conference featured from left: Jamie Harden, Lou Ann Watson, Bruce Rueben, Anne Drake McMullen and Jay Wolfson
Brian Blanco

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 4:01 pm

Jamie Harden knows firsthand how Florida Legislative leaders feel about Medicaid expansion.  

Last year, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce asked him to join BayCare Health System President Steve Mason at a meeting with legislators and lobby to expand the state’s health insurance program for the poor.

Harden, a Tampa sign company president, said it didn’t go well.

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Health Care
6:53 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Florida Measles Cases Stem From Travelers

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 3:58 pm

Four cases of measles have been identified in Florida in the past two weeks, all of which involve travelers.

Two of the cases diagnosed involved international travelers, and the infected people had unknown or no measles vaccine, State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong said in a statement.

The Florida Department of Health reports that so far, no state residents have so far been diagnosed with measles, a disease that is experiencing the second-biggest outbreak in the nation in at least 15 years.

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Health Care
6:52 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

GOP Not Slowing FL Obamacare Enrollment

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 9:00 am

When Florida workers promoting President Barack Obama's health care marketplace want instant feedback, they go to an online "heat map." The map turns darker green where they've seen the most people and shows bright red dots for areas where enrollment is high.

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