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Like mangoes, snowbirds and hurricanes, even health insurance has a season and this is it -- open enrollment season. This is the time many companies give their employees a window to check out any changes to health care insurance plans, including how much more it will cost. It’s also the time Obamacare health insurance plans open on the federal government’s Healthcare.gov site for the 28 states using it, including Florida. Health insurance is a major expense for most people. It comes out of...

With open enrollment for health insurance getting underway in workplaces, odds are employees around Florida are seeing yet another increase in their premiums.

The Justice Department is suing to block two proposed mergers between major health insurance companies, saying the deals violate antitrust laws and would lead to higher health care costs for Americans. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch explained the decision at a press conference : "If allowed to proceed, these mergers would fundamentally reshape the health insurance industry. They would leave much of the multitrillion-dollar health insurance industry in the hands of three mammoth insurance...

Alyssa Mendez Batista

Florida leads the nation again for the number of people signing up for individual health insurance -- Obamacare. Over the first five weeks of open enrollment this fall, 600,000 Floridians signed up. That's about half the total number of people expected to sign up once all of the enrollment periods expire. Health insurance company Florida Blue expects to sign up 250,000 new customers for individual plans in 2016. Including patients re-enrolling, Florida Blue expects to cover 600,000 patients...

The latest numbers from federal health officials show Florida is continuing to lead in enrollment on HealthCare.gov , with nearly 600,000 who have signed up so far.

Not every American 65 and older is worrying about M edicare's open enrollment period, now underway. Some who are eligible for the government insurance plan are staying on the job, and gaining access to employer-based plans they say are a better option.

US Boosts Privacy Protection On Health Insurance Website

Oct 12, 2015

Responding to criticism from civil liberties advocates, the Obama administration said Friday it has strengthened consumer privacy protections on the government's health insurance website as a new sign-up season nears.

Children who get health insurance through Medicaid go to the dentist about half as often as children in Florida who have private insurance, according to a new study out from the American Dental Association and the Health Policy Institute.

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

Walter Michot / Miami Herald

This is the first 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. The Affordable Care Act was originally supposed to cover a lot more people in Florida than it has. When Florida chose not to expand Medicaid, about 850,000 people were left without insurance. Miami resident Cynthia Louis is one of the thousands in this health care limbo called the “coverage gap,” where...

Miami Herald

More than three-quarters of a million Floridians live in a health care gap. The gap was created by the national Affordable Care Act and Florida's rejection of an expanded Medicaid program. In between the two policies is a gap in medical insurance coverage where 850,000 Floridians find themselves. For two years Florida lawmakers have decided not to accept the federal government's offer to shoulder mosts of the cost of an expanded Medicaid program. Once again, the debate over expansion is...

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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. According to the department, 1.3 million Floridians have already signed up and a little over 90 percent of enrollees qualify...

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. Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida , an LGBT-rights group, says not having a consistent statewide policy recognizing same-sex partners when...

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...