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Healthcare
5:38 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Just As The Website Starts To Struggle, Obamacare Sign-Up Deadline Gets Extended

ALMOST DONE: Navigator Nini Hadwen, right, helps an insurance seeker during a sign-up event at Dadeland Mall.
Credit Rick Stone

The Obama Administration took some of the pressure off health-insurance seekers on Monday, extending the healthcare registration deadline for Jan. 1 coverage until Christmas Eve at midnight. That will also reduce the load on the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, which was starting to show the strain of high demand.

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Healthcare
8:53 am
Mon December 23, 2013

As Obamacare Deadline Looms, It's Clear Who In Florida Is Uninsured

UPDATE: 3 p.m., Dec. 23: The sign-up deadline for Obamacare, with health insurance effective Jan. 1, has been extended until Dec. 24.  

  For Floridians living without health insurance -- but eligible for Obamacare -- an important deadline is looming Monday, Dec. 23.

It's the last day that they can choose a policy through one of the new federal insurance exchanges if they want their health coverage to kick in on Jan. 1. Meanwhile, the picture on who Florida's uninsured residents are and where they are is becoming clearer.

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Arts
6:02 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Artists Need Healthcare Too -- And This Is How They Learn To Get It

Credit Lisbett Castillo / WLRN

While most artists were preparing for Art Week this month, Pamela Palma, a textile designer and fabric artist, attended an Affordable Care Act seminar.

“You have to have a Master’s Degree in insurance lingo to understand how this works,” said Palma, 63, adding that the new healthcare act is just another quagmire we have to figure out.

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News
11:54 am
Tue December 10, 2013

MIAMI HERALD: Late Launch Of Spanish Healthcare Website Fuels Conservative Hispanic Campaign

With two weeks left to purchase health insurance to be effective Jan. 1, the Dept. of Health and Human Services announced the soft launch of its Spanish-language enrollment option under the Affordable Care Act. The Department is hoping to encourage enrollment through the site after January 1.

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News
2:01 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

How To Improve Healthcare For Blacks In South Florida

Medical professionals selected by Legacy Magazine discuss the state of black healthcare in South Florida. Author and speaker Casandra Roache (far left) moderated the panel discussion.
Credit Rachel Morello / WLRN

A panel of the area’s top medical professionals gathered Tuesday to discuss the state of black healthcare in South Florida. The discussion, hosted by Legacy Magazine, addressed medical issues affecting African-Americans, who make up nearly a quarter of the South Florida population.

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Jackson Health System
5:55 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

County Hospital Seeks Taxpayer Help To Attract Obamacare Customers

Now that formerly uninsured South Floridians are shopping for coverage on Healthcare.gov, Jackson wants to lure them with upgrades.

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.

If the referendum passes on Tuesday, JHS will issue bonds to raise $830 million for the renovations. The bond debt would add about $50 to the average county taxpayer's yearly tax bill.

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Public Services
7:19 am
Tue October 29, 2013

How Miami-Dade County Helps Seniors Figure Out Health Care

Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation will host health fairs for seniors all over the county.
Credit Wilson Sayre

The Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department is trying to do its part to help seniors navigate the health insurance maze.

Yesterday, the department kicked off a series of health fairs to be held all over the county as part of their Active Adults program.

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.

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Health Care
12:34 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Some Health Screenings May Harm More Than Help

Stacy Riggs of Fairfax, Va., is prepped for a screening for atrial fibrillation by Life Line Screening medical assistant Kennea Blake at Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield, Va.
Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 1:26 pm

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.

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Health Care
7:47 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Why It's Important To Know Who's Giving You Obamacare Advice In Florida

Katrina Copeland talks about the Affordable Care Act during a forum at St. Mary's Primitive Baptist Church in Tallahassee as Pastor H.B. Holmes of Lakeland looks on. The two are part of the Obamacare Enrollment Team, a subsidiary of a Stuart-based insurance agency.
Credit Tia Mitchell/Herald-Times Tallahassee Bureau

Forums are being offered around the country about the Affordable Care Act.

A group calling itself the Obamacare Enrollment Team is providing information and answering questions.

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.

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People
6:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

How 'The Condom Lady' Teaches Local Seniors About Safe Sex

Marguerite Bryant, 69, (left) and program coordinator Victor DeSouza watch as Kate GeMeiner, 82, known as The Condom Lady, displays a female condom at a seminar.
Credit Charles Trainor Jr / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

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.

“Never use Vaseline with a condom,” she says in her best announcer’s voice. “Never, only KY jelly.”

The audience sits in rapt silence.

“And before you use a condom, check it for the expiration date.”

In a corner, a couple of women titter.

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Special Investigation
12:10 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

How A Flawed System Of Reviewing Medical Complaints Puts Floridians At Risk

The Florida Board of Medicine, responsible for the discipline of medical professionals in the state, met earlier this month in Orlando.
Credit Mendy Indek

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.

Between 2010 and 2012, it took the Florida Board of Medicine an average 434 days to resolve charges of misconduct against doctors, physician assistants and anesthesiology assistants, according to Florida Department of Health records.

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Health Care
9:11 am
Wed October 23, 2013

States' Refusal To Expand Medicaid May Leave Millions Uninsured

Protesters fill the Miami office of state Rep. Manny Diaz Jr. on Sept. 20 to protest his stance against expansion of health coverage in Florida.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 12:12 pm

President Obama on Tuesday appointed one of his top management gurus, Jeffrey Zeints, to head the team working to fix what ails HealthCare.gov, the troubled website that's supposed to allow residents of 36 states to enroll in coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Obamacare
7:22 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Enrollments For Health Care Exchanges Trickle In, Slowly

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:37 pm

The Obama administration's hopes ran high that millions would flock to enroll for health insurance on state and federal exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.

Those exchanges went online Oct. 1. The administration projected that half a million individuals or families would enroll within 30 days, according to The Associated Press.

But three weeks in, the data suggest the actual number of enrollments is lagging far behind that number.

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Technology
7:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

How A Mobile App May Someday Help Diagnose Alzheimer's Disease

Doctoral candidate Leon Brown analyzes a graph measuring the user’s gait.
Credit Leon Brown/FSU

Wendy Nader remembers when her mom started showing obvious signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

“I would talk to her on the phone and she would repeat what she had just told me two or three times in one conversation,” Nader said. “When she started doing that, it was a huge red flag. It wasn’t too long after that, that she started getting lost.”

Nader’s mom, in her early 70’s at the time, would drive to a Miami mall or bank where she was a regular – only to forget where she was.

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Obamacare
11:30 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Sebelius: Feds Holding Billions Of Dollars For Florida

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has become the Obama administration's envoy to Florida on behalf of the Affordable Care Act. She has visited the state half a dozen times since June, trying to get the word out to the state's millions of uninsured to sign up for a health plan.

Recently, she visited the University of South Florida's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, where Health News Florida editor Carol Gentry spoke with her.

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