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What Drives Health Insurance Costs? An Actuary Explains

Health News Florida has been reporting that Florida’s health insurance companies are asking for double-digit rate increases.A new analysis from the American Academy of Actuaries, included in its annual look at drivers of health insurance premiums for next year, has some explanation why.Cori Uccello, senior health fellow with the Academy, spoke with Health News Florida and explained three of the main factors affecting costs:1. Medical Costs“Medical spending might be slightly higher for 2017...
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The University of Florida and University of Central Florida had planned to announce a partnership in the acquisition of Sanford Burnham, according the Orlando Sentinel

Congress On Vacation With No Zika Plan Passed

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Lawmakers and advocates are disappointed Congress is on vacation, leaving town without passing a Zika response plan.

Nearly a quarter of Gadsden County residents don't know where their next meal is coming from. Leon County is close behind with 22 percent of residents classified as "food insecure". That's according a recent report from the group, Feeding America. The organization's study shows hunger is widespread in the Big Bend.

Federal officials are all but certain there will be a Zika outbreak in the continental U.S. this summer.

The mosquito-borne virus continues to spread in Central and South America and the Caribbean. It’s linked to severe birth defects and other serious side effects.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, spoke with WLRN about what this all means for Floridians:

What Floridians can expect:

Health News Florida has been reporting that Florida’s health insurance companies are asking for double-digit rate increases.

Supreme Court Urged To Block Abortion Waiting Period

May 27, 2016

Focusing heavily on a right to privacy, abortion-rights advocates have filed an initial brief urging the Florida Supreme Court to block a 2015 law that seeks to require women to wait 24 hours before having abortions.

Supreme Court To Take Up Tobacco Damages Dispute

May 27, 2016
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The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to take up a case in which an appeals court rejected a $30 million punitive-damages award against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co, according to an online docket. 

Justices Decline To Hear 'Bad Faith' Dispute In Medical Malpractice Case

May 27, 2016
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In a case involving a $35 million arbitration award, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday said it will not take up a dispute about whether a physician is able to pursue a "bad faith" claim against a medical-malpractice insurer.

Federal officials are all but certain there will be a Zika outbreak this summer.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, explained, “In the next couple of months as we approach the very active mosquito season, we project that we will see local outbreaks of Zika particularly in the Gulf Coast area around Florida Texas and other states.”

Pharmacy giant CVS says it will soon make the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone available at its Florida stores without a prescription.

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