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Health & Science
2:04 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Back To The Drawing Board: Department Of Health Won't Appeal Low-THC Marijuana Ruling

Low-THC marijuana products have shown promise treating epilepsy symptoms.
Credit Brett Levin via Flickr

The Florida Department of Health has chosen not to appeal a court ruling invalidating the agency’s rules for low-THC marijuana.  The deadline was Monday.  Lobbyist Ron Watson says he’s optimistic for progress at the next meeting.

“We basically look like we’re starting over again,” Watson says, “but I think with better guidance especially from what the judge put in his ruling.”

The Legislature passed a law allowing low-THC marijuana in certain circumstances earlier this year, and the next rules workshop will be in Orlando, December 30.  

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Health & Science
4:15 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Supporters Hope Third Time Is The Charm For Medicaid Expansion In Florida

A coalition of businesses groups, local officials and healthcare industry representatives has rolled out a plan to insure nearly one million low-income Floridians. But they’re not calling it a Medicaid Expansion. 

More than 800,ooo Floridians are in health insurance limbo. They fall into what’s called the Medicaid coverage gap. Reed Mahoney of Tallahassee, is among them.

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Health & Science
4:46 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Premiums From The Pulpit: ACA Includes Faith-Based Health Options

Christian Care Ministry offers a health care program for members seeking insurance solutions.
Credit Christian Care Ministry

Millions of people could qualify for lower rates on federally-subsidized insurance plans offered in state and federal exchanges. But those plans may not work for everyone, especially for families who prioritize faith. Now some of those families are looking for healthcare solutions off the exchanges.

A month ago, Sarah Ryan added a new member to her family. 

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Health & Science
5:41 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

AIF, FHA Pitch Plan To Insure A Million Low-Income Floridians

A new coalition combining local business and health care groups is pushing a plan to insure more than a million Floridians who currently fall in the so-called Medicaid coverage gap.

More than a million Floridians make too much money to qualify for Medicaid under the state’s current income limits, but too little to qualify for insurance subsidies in the federally-run insurance exchange. The Florida legislature has twice rejected plans to expand Medicaid to those people.  

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Health & Science
5:26 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

FL Health Choices Aims to Sell Obamacare Plans

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 10:04 am

The Florida Health Choices marketplace, first established as a mandate-free health care marketplace, is poised to start selling plans that are compliant with the Affordable Care Act, Christine Jordan Sexton of SaintPetersBlog reports. Florida Health Choices CEO Rose Naff has asked federal health officials to help establish a means to allow shoppers who qualify for federal tax credits offered through the federal exchange to buy on the Florida site.
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