Health & Science

Health & Science
5:54 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Florida Blue Says Health Insurance Cards On The Way

Now that thousands of Floridians have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act—they’re awaiting their insurance cards. But one of the largest insurers in the state, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, has been slow in making those deliveries.

Florida Blue officials say they’ve added more staff to work on applications and extended service hours in their retail location and call centers to help customers with their insurance questions.

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Health & Science
3:44 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Garcia Re-files Medicaid Expansion But House Isn't Budging

Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah
Florida Senate

Top Republicans in the Florida Legislature have shown little interest in expanding Medicaid in the state. Despite that, Democrats say they’ll keep pushing for the expansion. Now a Senate Republican has re-filed a failed 2013 proposal to expand the program to more low-income Floridians.

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Health & Science
4:54 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Florida Rep. Wants Hepatitis C Screenings Offered To All Baby Boomers

A British government website informs people about hepatitis testing
Credit AJ Cann via Flickr

When Floridians of a certain age go for a health checkup, one lawmaker wants their doctors to be required to offer a hepatitis C test.  But House Speaker Will Weatherford is encouraging the bill sponsor to remove the mandate because insurance companies wouldn’t like it, she says.

Rep. Mia Jones (D-Jacksonville) says Centers for Disease Control statistics about hepatitis C and baby boomers are compelling.

“Baby boomers are five times more likely to have hepatitis C," she says.

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Health & Science
4:56 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Lawmaker Renews Push For Expanding Nurse Practitioners' Scope Of Practice

Rep. Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda wants to solve the looming doctor shortage by expanding a Nurse Practitioner's scope of practice.
R.Benk WFSU-News

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration says at least 55 million people around the country live in areas that lack an adequate supply of primary care doctors. Now, some Florida lawmakers are looking to remedy that by expanding what Nurse Practitioners are allowed to do.

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Health & Science
5:18 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Unlikely In 2014 Legislative Session

States that have expanded Medicaid are in blue; states that have not are yellow
Kaiser Family Foundation kff.org

Tampa Bay resident Victoria Stout is 57. She’s self-employed, healthy, works odd jobs, and is uninsured. She’s been without health insurance most of her adult life. She’s healthy, and takes measures to ensure she stays that way. And while she doesn’t have health insurance, she does get healthcare: paying for it out-of-pocket.

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