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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

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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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Addiction
12:38 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

As Heroin Abuse Rises In Orange County, So Does Death Toll

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  This story was produced by member station WMFE in Orlando.

After raising four kids as a stay-at-home mom and helping run a successful business, Cindy Culpepper decided to try something new. She started bar tending at a friend’s club in Winter Park. On the nights that drew young crowds, she remembers finding small plastic bags scattered on the bathroom floors.

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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
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.
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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

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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.

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Politics
10:53 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Medical Marijuana Rulemaking Continues

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 1:01 pm

Florida is getting closer to allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana.

But first, rules for how to grow the non-euphoric strain of the drug have to be hashed out — and that’s what a committee will be discussing over the next two days in Tallahassee.

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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
7:36 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Concussion Fears Starting to Reach Younger South Florida Athletes

High school students across Florida must take part in a program called IMPACT. This is an effort by state officials to try and curb the growing problem of concussions in high school sports.
Credit Luis Hernandez / WLRN

There used to be a time when athletes would get knocked in the head, fall to the ground, struggle to get back on their feet and wobble around before regaining their bearings.

It used to be called "getting a ding." Athletes were encouraged to just "walk it off."

That still happens in many sports, from the youth levels all the way to the pros. But over the past few years, recreational leagues, schools and athletic associations have gotten more serious about these head injuries.

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Measles
3:19 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Miami-Dade Superintendent: Get Your Shots (Even Flu)

Superintedent Alberto Carvalho says he's concerned about measles cases spreading across the country and is tracking vaccination rates.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Miami-Dade County school leaders say they are concerned about a measles outbreak spreading across the country, and they urge parents to vaccinate their children.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho says vaccinations work, and the district is tracking whether students get their required shots. Carvalho says 98 percent of Miami-Dade students have been vaccinated or are getting the shots now.

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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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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Missing Microbes: Overuse of Antibiotics with Dr. Martin Blaser

02/03/15 - Antibiotics ushered in a “golden age” of medical marvels.  They often cure life-threatening diseases.  Listen for Tuesday’s Topical Currents, when we discuss the effects of antibiotics—and other factors—which contribute to the loss of the body’s useful bacteria. We’ll chat with Dr. Martin Blaser, who directs the Human Microbiome Program at NYU.

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