Abe Aboraya

Health News Florida Reporter

Health News Florida reporter Abe Aboraya works for WMFE in Orlando. He started writing for newspapers in high school. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he spent a year traveling and working as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Weekly, and working for local news websites in the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently Abe worked as a reporter for the Orlando Business Journal. He comes from a family of health care workers.

Contact Abe at 407-273-2300 x 183 on Twitter @AbeAboraya or by email

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An Ormond Beach hospital will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

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Companies offering insurance on Florida’s health care marketplace are increasing individual premiums by $208 dollars a month on average next year.

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The federal government is expanding the length of the open enrollment period for Medicare and Obamacare health insurance policies in Florida and other states impacted by disaster.

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Orlando Health officials have done six presentations in Las Vegas in the last year about how to respond to a mass shooting — including an emergency room doctor giving an educational presentation to University Medical Center Las Vegas.

Orange County plans to spray 85,000 acres for mosquitoes starting this week.

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It’s the middle of the day in Deland, a city between Orlando and Daytona Beach. Temperatures today are in the 90s.

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Patrick Kennedy has gone from lawmaker with an active addiction to mental health advocate.

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OneBlood is calling for blood donations ahead of Hurricane Irma.

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The CEO of Florida’s largest health insurance company says he expects federal payments to make health insurance cheaper will continue through 2017.

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Jamie Kruger transitioned years ago to life as a man, both at home and at work. He got surgery four months ago, a mastectomy and reconstruction to give him a more masculine chest.

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The Florida Department of Health has chosen five new marijuana growers in the last few weeks.

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Florida has seen a 60 percent surge in the number of patients being treated with medical marijuana since June.

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The federal government released more details Wednesday about how much health insurance rates could increase next year in Florida — and the spike could be dramatic for some.

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Florida’s senators split their vote Tuesday to open debate on the Republican replacement of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

A nonprofit that serves Central Florida residents with HIV and AIDS says the rates are going up.

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Senator Marco Rubio says it’s not fair to financially punish states like Florida that did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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The Orlando Police Pension Board voted to give officer Gerry Realin a disability pension.

Realin was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after cleaning up the bodies in Pulse nightclub last year. WMFE Health Reporter Abe Aboraya spoke with All Things Considered Host Crystal Chavez.

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There’s a downside to the rainy season in Florida: Mosquitoes.

Orange County Mosquito Control has seen a tenfold increase to about 100 calls for service every day.

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An Orlando police officer with post-traumatic stress disorder from the Pulse nightclub shooting gets his last paycheck today.

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A new study finds injured workers in Florida are using fewer opioids. 

 


Felicia Duncan’s 7-year-old daughter Emma has been living with epilepsy for years. She been seizure-free since January thanks to medical marijuana. But it costs her Mom $391 a month.

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The health department is investigating another Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Central Florida – including a fatal case.

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The Florida Department of Health is investigating two gyms in the Orlando area for a possible outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.

Four people have caught the bacterial lung infection in Orange County. When epidemiologists started investigating the four cases, they found two locations in common among the sick: An LA Fitness in MetroWest and an L.A. Fitness in South Orlando.

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Health News Florida partner station WMFE in Orlando has produced an in-depth series for the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting. The following is an excerpt from that series.

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Orlando’s first retail medical marijuana shop is opening.

 

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There are fewer Zika cases in Florida compared to this time last year.

This year, 50 Floridians have caught Zika while traveling, and four people have caught the virus locally – but officials think they caught it in 2016.

In Florida, seven babies were born with evidence of Zika Congential Syndrome, which includes microcephaly, a severe birth defect of the brain.

The U.S. Army has been developing a Zika vaccine, but some are raising concerns that the private drug company that will manufacture it will make it too expensive.

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Florida voters overwhelmingly passed medical marijuana last election. Now what?

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A new report from Florida medical examiners finds fentanyl caused more deaths than any other drug in Florida last year.

A bill to increase mental health funding for law enforcement officers has passed the U.S. Senate.

People with asthma may want to limit time outdoors.

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