At his blog Our Health Policy Matters, consultant Paul Gionfriddo writes about the bad reviews that the Affordable Care Act website has received. While headlines have stated that the ACA “may be Obama’s Katrina, Iraq,” Gionfriddo writes that that is far from the truth. He also writes about the Obamacare numbers.
A recent study published in the journal Health Affairs argues that lower costs and better savings can be achieved from loosening up restrictions on nurse practitioners. But as Bernd Wollschlaeger writes on his Florida Docs Blogs, the focus shouldn’t be on cost alone.
While a majority of Floridians support legalizing medical marijuana, the Florida Legislature is trying to block the issue by asking the Florida Supreme Court to keep it off the ballot, writes Paula Dockery in The Tampa Tribune.
The Legislature is trying to remove the Medical Marijuana Citizens Initiative from the ballot, regardless of whether the required signatures are gathered to be placed on the ballot
Armed guards in the schools seemed like a good idea last December after the massacre at Newtown Elementary. But calmer heads prevailed, which is just as well, writes public health specialist and consumer advocate Gary Stein of Tampa.
If you look at the public health data on gun violence, there are a lot of ways children could be made safer, but armed guards in schools really isn't one of them, he writes in Huffington Post.
On the issue of medical marijuana, trial attorney John Morgan and Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee offer two very different views. For the Tampa Tribune, columnist Chris Ingram conducted two lengthy interviews with Morgan, who has put more than $1 million of his own money into a campaign to get a constitutional amendment that would allow medical marijuana on the ballot in 2014.
In many ways, our society still treats people with mental illnesses the way it did 100 years ago -- locking them up. But their future may be better, writes Lake Worth-based health policy consultant Paul Gionfriddo.
Columnist Wayne Ezell of the Florida Times-Union excoriates the Florida House Speaker for placing politics -- opposition to anything President Obama supports -- above the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of the poorest Floridians.
Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group founded by industrialists David and Charles Koch, has been running ads against the Affordable Care Act intended to wound Democrats as the midterm election campaign for 2014 heats up.
PolitiFact examined claims in four of the group's recent ads, and found them wanting: One false, two mostly false, and one half-true.
While Florida was passing a law barring sale of bongs and water pipes, 20 other states plus the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Those who want to bring the same measure to the ballot in this state are nearly one-third of the way to gathering the necessary signatures.
At his site Our Health Policy Matters, health consultant Paul Gionfriddo writes that he’s as sick of the Obamacare drama as anyone. So, this week, he said he’d opine about something not so contentious: the nation’s failed “War on Drugs.”
There's a company, Affordable Medical Imaging, that charges just $275 for an MRI, the same test for which a hospital charges thousands of dollars. The difference? The medical imaging company doesn't accept health insurance. No forms, paperwork or hassles.
Gary Stein, a former public health professional turned consumer advocate, says he attended a recent "town hall" meeting in Tampa sponsored by Americans for Prosperity. He said the meeting was aimed at spreading confusion about the Affordable Care Act and advancing the agenda of the Koch Brothers, far-right opponents of health reform and funders of the sponsoring group.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel editorial board argues that Congress would be making a mistake if it inflicts deep cuts in the SNAP program, formerly known as food stamps, at a time when there still aren't enough jobs to go around. The cuts under discussion would remove 400,000 Floridians from the rolls.
Lake Worth-based consultant Paul Gionfriddo writes at his blog Our Health Policy Matters this week that Congress should leave its paws off the Affordable Care Act, rather than add to the list of compromises that have already weakened the law.
When the Republican Party allied with religious conservatives, the Golden Rule “became corrupted” by politics, writes South Florida Sun-Sentinel columnist Chan Lowe. He writes that as a country, we have forgotten that giving to the rich in the hopes that it would trickle down to the poor “wasn’t preached in the Gospels.” The Republican Party has been behind the recent cut to food stamps.
At his site Our Health Policy Matters, consultant Paul Gionfriddo wonders what happened to the dream President John F. Kennedy had for helping people with mental illness and people with developmental disabilities. Gionfriddo writes that the Community Mental Health Centers Act signed by Kennedy has helped people with developmental disabilities -- but what has happened to funding for treating mental illness has been appalling.
Gary Stein of Tampa, retired public health professional turned advocate for health reform, has written a column about the unfortunate stereotypes that some doctors (and others, including politicians) have about Medicaid patients.
Many people -- both men and women -- consider cosmetic surgery to regain their youthful appearance. But what’s surprising is how many leave common sense at the door when they pay some unlicensed person in a shabby motel room to shoot them up with gosh-knows-what, as Fred Grimm points out in his Miami Herald column (paywall alert).
In this week's column at at Our Health Policy Matters, health policy consultant Paul Gionfriddo of Lake Worth says that a modest reduction in Medicare benefits of about $10 a month and a tiny tax increase of one half of 1 percent on employers and workers could make Medicare fully solvent for generations.
But what are the chances that this Congress would be willing to discuss such a thing? The current members can't even stand up to the medical-device lobby.
Pasco County is heavily Republican, judging by the party of almost all its officeholders and the fact that it went for Mitt Romney by 7 points. But in today's election a Democrat has at least a decent chance of winning the state House District 36 seat being vacated by Republican Mike Fasano.
Fasano was appointed as tax collector when the man who held that office died, leaving his seat up for grabs in a special election. (Editor's note: An incorrect office was listed in an earlier version.)
John Petrila, professor at University of South Florida's College of Public Health, writes in a column published by the Tampa Tribune that there is a very good reason why the Florida Chamber of Commerce and other groups are asking the Florida Legislature to accept the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Miriam Carey, a single mother who was shot to death after running her car into a fence near the White House last week, was at first thought to be a terrorist and then a wild attacker. She turned out to be a former dental hygienist, unarmed, reportedly suffering from postpartum depression with psychosis. Because she was killed by police, we will never know why she drove from Connecticut to Washington that day.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Miami Herald, unfurls some of his colorful phrases to say just what he thinks of the "right wing of the right wing" of the Republican Party is holding the nation's economy in crisis in a childish tantrum over the Affordable Care Act.
The Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford and his GOP colleagues refused to accept billions of dollars in federal funds to cover 1 million poor uninsured adults in the state because the money was technically referred to as Medicaid expansion and they insisted Medicaid is "broken." They said it so often that it must have been on a talking-points memo.
But that refrain ignores some important facts, according to Gary Stein of Tampa, a retired public-health professional turned consumer advocate. He asks: If Medicaid is broken, then who broke it?
There is no charity in the hearts and souls of the members of Congress who are trying to block the access to health care of working families who for too long have been unable to get health insurance, writes health policy consultant Paul Gionfriddo of Lake Worth.
He says the views of Rep. John Culberson of Texas were particularly unsettling in a CNN interview, where the Texan when he said, “We do not want the federal government socializing health care as they have in England and in France.”
Columnist Tom Lyons of the Sarasota Herald Tribune writes for the umpteenth time about Leonard Rubinstein, whose medical license was revoked after a long string of second chances did nothing to deter his financial exploitation of patients (paywall alert).
Reprinted with permission from the Tampa Bay Times.
By Alice Vickers
While the nation watches the launch of Obamacare, it's easy to overlook other health care news. But Floridians should also be paying attention to a major issue in our own state: an industry push to dramatically increase the cost for receiving a copy of your medical records.
With the approaching implementation of the Affordable Care Act, states across the country are addressing the need to provide access to quality health care. While changes are coming, it’s important to keep in mind that the State of Florida’s trusted child health insurance program, Florida KidCare, already puts high-quality, low-cost health insurance within the reach of every child.