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Obamacare Enrollment Off To Strong Start In State, Nation

Obamacare enrollment is off to a strong start in Florida and around the nation, according to national data and those who help people sign up for health insurance.

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Nursing homes and assisted living facilities must have a generator that can run the air conditioning starting Tuesday. If not, they risk a $1,000 dollar a day fine.

Florida lawmakers are on the verge of prohibiting marriage for minors.  Identical measures have one committee left in the House and Senate, but some conservative lawmakers want exceptions.

In response to a spate of child abuse deaths in Florida, state lawmakers in 2014 created teams to investigate the root causes of these deaths and report them to Florida’s child welfare agency. Now, a similar effort is underway for the state’s elderly population.

After Hurricane Irma, the federal government offered a food assistance program to Floridians who needed help because of the storm. The signup period for that program ended last week.

But there’s an ongoing lawsuit that might reopen registration for some people with disabilities because, the suit claims, the lines to sign up were prohibitively long.

St. Vincent’s HealthCare is planning to build a $55 million heart and vascular pavilion at its Riverside Avenue campus.

Judge Backs Plan For Pediatric Trauma Center

Nov 15, 2017
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An administrative law judge said Tuesday that the Florida Department of Health should approve a proposal to open a pediatric trauma center at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville.

In the past decade, at least 82,000 guns have been reported stolen or lost in the state of Florida. And a recent investigation from the Tampa Bay Times and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting found that few are ever recovered.

House Starts Moving Again On 'Direct Primary Care'

Nov 15, 2017
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A House health care panel on Tuesday approved a bill backing “direct primary care” contracts that would allow physicians to bill patients and collect payments in advance of providing care without having to obtain an insurance license.

Lawmakers Look At Boosting Information For Patients

Nov 15, 2017

Would-be patients would have the benefit of knowing whether health care providers working at hospitals and outpatient surgery centers go to their own facilities to seek treatment, under a bill that has been fast-tracked in the Florida House.

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Senate Republicans now plan to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as part of a tax overhaul bill.

Several Senate Republicans said Tuesday that including the repeal in tax legislation, currently making its way through a key Senate committee, would allow them to further reduce tax rates for individuals without adding more to the deficit.

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