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Politics
5:09 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Lawmakers Crack Down On Unlicensed Assisted Living Facilities

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A Florida Senate panel Tuesday instructed the Agency for Health Care Administration to draft legislation --- fast --- that would allow the state to shut down unlicensed assisted-living facilities as quickly as possible.

"Tell them to hustle," said Sen. Alan Hays, a Umatilla Republican and vice-chairman of the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee.

Hays was addressing AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek, who briefed senators as they consider a third attempt in three years at tightening oversight of Florida's assisted-living facilities.

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Politics
9:19 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Obamacare Remains At Heart Of U.S. Shutdown Standoff

South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (left) speaks Monday at the Fort Lauderdale-Holllywood International Airport, accompanied by Carolyn Newman, a breast cancer survivor who says she will save $7,000 a year on her health insurance plan thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
Credit Rachel Morello

Today marks day nine of the federal government shutdown, with still no budget compromise in sight. Both Democrats and Republicans remain on the offensive, calling on the other to make some sort of concession.

But undoubtedly, one elephant remains in the room.

Although it’s only part of the spending bill at the heart of the government shutdown, the Affordable Care Act remains a central point of debate between the two parties.  

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The Florida Roundup
9:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Why So Many Problems With The Health Insurance Exchanges In Florida?

Many in Florida who tried to find out about health insurance plans - including journalists who wanted to explain it - got stuck with the page above.

 

We focus on the Affordable Care Act and hear the latest on the new health insurance exchange rolling out in Florida, where GOP lawmakers and the governor continue to oppose the federal health plan known as Obamacare.

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Obamacare
3:29 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Medicaid Looks Good To A Former Young Invincible

Brad Stevens used to think he didn't need health insurance.
Sarah Varney

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:38 am

Have you heard about the young invincibles? That's the name given to young people who think nothing bad can happen to them.

Enrollment of healthy people like them in insurance under the Affordable Care Act is key to offsetting the costs of older, less healthy buyers.

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Obamacare
2:46 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Small Businesses May Find Insurance Relief In Exchanges

An employee of Covered California works in the newly opened call center in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Covered California is the state's new health insurance exchange.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 2:11 pm

Walk down the carpeted hallways of Westwind Media in Burbank, Calif., and it's common to hear the odd explosion, the hum of traffic or a burst of gunfire.

It's here in these edit bays that small feature films and TV dramas like the ABC hits Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and CBS's Person of Interest get primped and polished for prime-time viewing.

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Americas
7:30 am
Thu October 3, 2013

'Castrocare' Divides Doctors In Cuba, Brazil

Cuba is sending thousands of badly needed doctors to Brazil, but Brazil's medical establishment has sought to block the program. Here, Cuban Dr. Yocelin Macias treats a patient in the capital Brasilia on Aug. 30.
Eraldo Peres AP

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 9:48 am

Call it "Castrocare." Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro sent doctors abroad for decades to work throughout Latin America and as far away as Africa.

In some cases, like Haiti, the medical missions were seen as purely humanitarian. In other places, like Venezuela, it was a form of barter that provided Cuba with subsidized oil imports.

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The Sunshine Economy
7:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Rising Health Insurance Premiums

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The Affordable Care Act's open enrollment which began October 1 is focused on individuals but its impact likely will be felt even if you get your insurance through your employer, or though your spouse's work.

Most Americans with private health insurance (not Medicare, Medicaid or veterans benefits) get their insurance through their job or their husband's or wife's company. Even as more people may sign up for health insurance coverage, the prices for that coverage are expected to keep rising. 

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The Sunshine Economy
1:25 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Fewer Choices, More Insured?

Some numbers to consider as open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gets underway:

There are 10 essential benefits all insurance plans offered under the ACA health insurance reform law must have. They include hospital coverage, ER treatment and prescription drug benefits.

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Obamacare
9:03 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Tech Problems Plague First Day Of Health Exchange Rollout

Heavy Internet traffic and system problems plagued the launch of the new health insurance exchanges on Tuesday.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 10:35 am

Many Americans got "please wait" messages Tuesday when they tried to start shopping for health coverage on the federal government's new health insurance website, healthcare.gov. A series of technological glitches, delays and crashes kept people from getting to several of the 16 state exchanges, too.

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Obamacare
1:58 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Exchange Shopping Starts Now, But No Need To Rush

Stephanie Groover of Independence Blue Cross provides information about coverage to commuters in Philadelphia on the opening day of the health insurance exchanges.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 5:26 pm

Well, today's the day health insurance marketplaces open for business. And despite a partial shutdown of the federal government and some technical jitters, they're available for insurance shoppers.

While Oct. 1 is a milestone in the implementation of the health law, other dates are likely more critical for consumers planning to shop for health insurance on their state marketplace.

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The Sunshine Economy
1:50 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Meet The Invincibles

Credit Tom Hudson

The invincibles is a catch-all description of young adults, generally healthy, but who are living without health insurance.

This group is one of the particular targets of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, taking effect on January 1, 2014. By requiring most Americans to have health insurance, the strategy is to attract young and healthy people to help spread the risk of insuring older and sicker people.

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Volunteerism
11:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

How Broward Teens Make Hospital Stays Less Confusing For Seniors

Volunteer Madison Herin hopes to become a doctor one day.
Marva Hinton

This summer Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale expanded a volunteer program that brings teenagers and older patients together.

It’s designed to help the patients avoid delirium,  a common condition that can make hospital stays unpleasant and even frightening.

During a typical day for  volunteers in the Tender Loving Care-Advanced program, they fan out into patient rooms bringing cards, magazines, dice, books and newspapers.

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The Sunshine Economy
8:17 am
Tue October 1, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Obamacare Comes To South Florida

Credit Tom Hudson

These are the faces of the uninsured in South Florida. Eddie Escobar, Kwami Livingston and Jersey Garcia (left to right) are three of the more than one million people under the age of 65 in the counties of Miami-Dade and Broward who are living without health insurance.

Beginning Tuesday, they will be able to shop for health coverage and possibly qualify for a tax credit in order to meet the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which goes into effect next year.

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Obamacare
3:30 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

How A Tax On Medical Devices United Political Rivals

U.S. House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (center) and colleagues gather before a Sunday vote on Capitol Hill. The House passed two new provisions to a federal spending bill to delay Obamacare for a year and to repeal the medical device tax.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 5:26 pm

As the federal government lurches toward a shutdown, there's one thing a lot of people in Congress actually agree on.

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Health Care
11:14 am
Mon September 30, 2013

South Florida Insurance Rates Will Be Among Lowest In State, Report Says

With more Affordable Care Act health insurance prices available, Broward County residents look to pay the least in the state.
Credit Carl Juste / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Miami-Dade and Broward County residents who buy health insurance through federally run online marketplaces opening Tuesday will be paying some of the cheapest rates available in Florida, according to federal data released Wednesday.  

A report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows how many insurance issuers will be offering plans in each county, what tiers those plans will be on and how much the average resident would pay before tax credits in certain tiers.

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