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News
11:24 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Medical Pot Push Resumes with Tweaks

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 9:26 am

Proponents of medical marijuana began an encore campaign for legalization Friday, filing a rewritten ballot measure just two months after one narrowly failed to pass.

Backers of the initial constitutional amendment appeared to have a wave of support on their side, but fell short of the 60 percent threshold needed as a surge of ads emerged claiming the measure's language was riddled with holes.

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News
1:23 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Health Care Activists Call For Medicaid Expansion

Mariamee Rodriguez and her daughter both fall into the Medicaid "coverage gap."
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Health care advocates gathered across Florida today — in Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and Miami — calling on the state to accept federal funds and expand its Medicaid program.

A handful of people gathered in outside the Stephen P. Clark Government Center in Miami, several with big black circles painted under their eyes, making them appear sickly. Others wore face masks with slogans like “no coverage equals death” written on them.

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Marriage Equality
1:05 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Publix Will Extend Coverage To Employees' Same-Sex Spouses

Publix at 1181 S. University Dr. in Plantation.
Credit Candace West / Miami Herald File

Publix will extend insurance plans to same-sex spouses of employees who are legally married.

The company announced that it will open enrollment on Jan. 1 for any employee who can who show proof of lawful marriage in a state where same-sex unions are allowed.

The couples will get the same health care coverage as any heterosexual couple.

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News
4:35 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Miami International Airport Workers Voting To Strike

Airport workers gather to vote on a strike.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

  Miami International Airport restaurant workers have been without a contract for about seven months. They want higher pay and better health care benefits.

Over 50 people rallied in front of Terminal E Departures at the airport Friday. They gathered HMS Host employee signatures from 7 a.m to 8 p.m.

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Health Care
6:35 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Young Adults Remain Enrollment Challenge

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:37 am

Christian Ward lounges on a couch in the University of South Florida student center in Tampa. He props crutches against the armrest and stretches out his leg, which is covered in a cast up to his thigh.

Like a lot of college students, Ward’s parents handle his health insurance. He'll tell you that having it definitely came in handy during his moment of need.

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Sunshine Economy
7:08 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Power of Price: Health Care & Health Costs

Does this sound like a top health care CEO?

Or this?

Those are the comments of Baptist Health South Florida CEO Brian Keeley. Baptist Health is the largest faith-based non-profit health system in South Florida. It delivers $2 billion of health care to South Florida through seven hospitals, more than a dozen urgent care centers and various other specialty health centers. The Baptist business has more than 1,700 beds and serves more than 1 million patients per year. Keeley has been with Baptist for more than 30 years.

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Health Care
3:26 am
Fri November 14, 2014

State Health Insurance Exchanges Hope To Woo Urban Minorities

In one of Access Health CT's new video commercials, a barber explains to his clients why getting health insurance should be a priority.
Access Health CT

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 10:34 am

Tomorrow it begins again – open enrollment for Obamacare. Two very successful state health insurance exchanges, Connecticut's and California's, are both intent on reaching people who avoided signing up last year – especially young Latinos and African-Americans.

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Interpreters
4:36 am
Mon October 27, 2014

In The Hospital, A Bad Translation Can Destroy A Life

Dr. Angela Alday talks with Isidro Hernandes, via a Spanish-speaking interpreter, Armando Jimenez. Both patient and doctor say they much prefer an in-person interpreter to one on the phone.
Jeff Schilling Courtesy of Tuality Healthcare

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 8:58 am

Translating from one language to another is a tricky business, and when it comes to interpreting between a doctor and patient, the stakes are even higher.

Consider the story of 18-year-old baseball player Willie Ramirez.

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Technology
4:07 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Miami Scientists Are Building Smartphones That Can Diagnose Cancer

Dr. Obdulio Piloto in the lab.
Credit Entopsis / Courtesy

The next stage of smartphone evolution, portable disease diagnostics, is headquartered on the edge of Overtown and Allapattah.

A Cuban-American doctor has brought his lab to the University of Miami’s Life Science and Technology Park where he’s developing a proprietary apparatus on the cutting edge of nanotechnology.

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Politics
7:12 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Veterans Secretary Wants VA Whistleblowers

VA Secretary Bob McDonald (left) watches as paralyzed Navy Veteran Dwayne Scheuneman (right) demonstrates the Exoskeleton during the new leader's visit Wednesday at the James A. Haley VA Polytrauma Center.

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 3:01 pm

Secret patient waiting lists, delayed medical care, retaliation against whistleblowers  are all reasons why trust in the VA hit an all-time low this spring especially on Capitol Hill.

The new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert “Bob” McDonald is trying to restore that trust. He’s started by visiting as many VA facilities as possible during his first 90 days in office.

McDonald toured several Florida VA facilities this week and he invited U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee of Veterans Affairs, to come along.

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Health Care
5:18 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

An FIU Doctor's Experience With The Ebola Outbreak

Dr. Aileen Marty
Credit FIU Wertheim College of Medicine

It wasn’t Dr. Aileen Marty’s first trip to West Africa and it likely won’t be her last.

The Florida International University professor of infectious disease is on the World Health Organization’s go-to list to head anywhere, anytime whenever an illness becomes an epidemic threat.

The disease this time? The Ebola virus.

The place? Nigeria.

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Doctors
3:34 am
Thu September 25, 2014

To Prevent Repeat Hospitalizations, Talk To Patients

Kevin Wierhs and Susan Johnson confer about what works and what doesn't in managing diabetes.
Sarah McCammon Georgia Public Broadcasting

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 5:00 pm

Kevin Wiehrs is a nurse in Savannah, Ga. But instead of giving patients shots or taking blood pressure readings, his job is mostly talking with patients like Susan Johnson.

Johnson, 63, is a retired restaurant cook who receives Medicare and Medicaid. She has diabetes, and has already met with her doctor. Afterward, Wiehrs spends another half-hour with Johnson, talking through her medication, exercise and diet.

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Healthcare
3:28 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Avoid The Rush! Some ERs Are Taking Appointments

Michael Granillo and his wife Sonia await treatment at an emergency room in Northridge, Calif.
Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 12:19 pm

Three times in one week, 34-year-old Michael Granillo returned to the emergency room of the Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Southern California, seeking relief from intense back pain. Each time, Granillo waited a little while and then left the ER without ever being seen by a doctor.

"I was in so much pain, I wanted to be taken care of 'now,' " says Granillo. "I didn't want to sit and wait."

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Power Of Price
8:51 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Mt. Sinai CEO's Broken Transparency Promise

Credit freedigitalphotos.net

In May 2013, Mt. Sinai Medical Center CEO Steve Sonenreich promised on WLRN's Sunshine Economy to make public the contracted reimbursement rates his hospital receives from insurance companies. He didn't know his facility already had agreed to keep those prices secret.

Sonenreich now says he was unaware of non-disclosure agreements Mt. Sinai Medical Center has with insurance companies regarding those contracted prices.

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Power Of Price
7:11 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

The Troubles With Negotiating Health Care Pricing In The Dark

The email to Mr. Smith detailing his negotiated prices for his August hernia operation. He paid in full prior to the surgery.
Credit Tom Hudson

Paying $850 per month for health insurance for a family of three is not out of the ordinary, even when that insurance comes with a $5,000 annual deductible. But it become just too much for a man we'll call Mr. Smith, from Hollywood.

Mr. Smith is 52 years old and works in the marine industry. He's lived in Hollywood since 2000. He requested we don't use his first name due to privacy concerns, but he wasn't shy about his recent hernia surgery.

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