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

City of Orlando Police Department

Call it a mixed day for advocates of expanding treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder in first responders.

In Tallahassee, a bill to expand workers’ compensation benefits to first responders with PTSD cleared its first committee Tuesday. But the city of Eatonville could vote tonight to fire Omar Delgado, a police officer who developed PTSD responding to the Pulse nightclub shooting.

WMFE

Regina Hill said she will press charges against an Orlando firefighter who lost his job after recording the city commissioner during an emergency.

A bill to expand workers’ compensation coverage to first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder is getting a hearing Tuesday in Tallahassee. The Senate’s banking and insurance committee will take up one of two bills filed. Florida first responders can get medical benefits for PTSD but aren’t eligible for other benefits like lost wages.

WMFE

An Orlando fire fighter is hitting back after being fired last week.

Wikimedia Commons

Hospitals and health departments could have a new tool in 2018 to detect Zika – a test that is cheap, portable and fast.

National Cancer Institute

Nearly one half of the U.S. population will meet the diagnosis of high blood pressure under new guidelines revised this week.

WMFE

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.

The Orange County Commission will vote Tuesday on whether to ban medical marijuana treatment centers in unincorporated parts of the county.

Albert Harris, Orange County

Next week, the federal government will be able to fine – and possibly shut down – nearly all health care facilities that aren’t ready for a disaster.

Orange County leaders will meet Tuesday to discuss banning medical marijuana retail centers.

healthcare.gov

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, begins in less than a week.

StateImpact.org

A bill expanding workers’ compensation coverage to first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder has been filed for the 2018 Legislative session.

Florida Hospital Memorial / Flickr

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

WMFE

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.

WMFE

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

OneBlood

OneBlood is calling for blood donations ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Florida Blue

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

WMFE

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.

WMFE

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

Associated Press

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

WMFE

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.

WMFE

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.

AP

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

WMFE

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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