Health & Science

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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Health & Science
7:48 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Report: Uninsured Rate Among Children In Florida, Georgia Remains High

Credit Florida Healthy Kids

When it comes to children getting insurance, there’s good news and bad news. The good news: the number of uninsured children in Florida has dropped—as it has across the county. The bad news: Florida remains near the top of states with the number of kids who don’t have health insurance.

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Health & Science
4:07 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Telemedicine Debate To Be Revisited In Upcoming Legislative Session

A presentation on telemedicine during the legislature's 2014 session.
Credit LHatter / WFSU News

Florida lawmakers appear ready to re-ignite talks on the future of telemedicine after it was extinguished. The issue of how to handle doctors who treat patients remotely was jumbled into a larger health-related bill, which contributed to its defeat last session.

Florida TaxWatch’s Tamara Demko says lawmakers need to pare down their goals for addressing telemedicine in the state.

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WFSU Local
11:54 am
Fri October 31, 2014

FSU Researchers Seek Minority Participants For Diabetes Study

The FSU study asks participants with Type 2 diabetes to eat two apples per day. Previous studies indicate apple can improve cardiovascular health.
Credit kobiz7 via Flickr

It could be that it takes two apples per day to keep the doctor away. Florida State University researchers are using a clinical trial to look at how eating apples affects Type 2 diabetes. It’s a disease disproportionately affecting minorities. So the Tallahassee team is working to increase ethnic diversity among its participants.

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