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

WMFE

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.

WMFE

Gerry Realin wishes he had never become a police officer.

Realin was part of the Hazmat team that responded to the Pulse night club shooting in Orlando. He spent four hours taking care of the dead inside the club. Now, triggers like a marker or a white sheet yank him out of the moment and back to Pulse.

Florida Blue

Nearly 9,500 Florida Blue customers had excess health insurance payments automatically drafted from their bank accounts this week.

WMFE

Deaths from heroin and fentanyl overdoses have more than doubled in unincorporated Orange County.

Funding for a clinic to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans and Pulse first responders has been cut from Florida’s budget.

WMFE

U.S. Representative Val Demings is proposing a bill that would make grant money available to help police departments treat first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Firefighters are three times more likely to die from suicide than to die in the line of duty, according to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

WMFE

With just 25 days left in the legislative session this year, a bill to give workers’ compensation coverage to first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder has stalled.

Orange County

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is looking to update sidewalks to make them comply with the Americans with Disabilities act.

Orange County

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is looking to update sidewalks to make them comply with the Americans with Disabilities act.

Patients are coming out in opposition to plans in the Florida House to implement a medical marijuana amendment.

Orlando Rally Held Against Obamacare Replacement Bill

Mar 24, 2017
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With the vote looming in the House on the American Health Care Act, about a dozen rallied against it outside of Senator Marco Rubio’s Orlando office Thursday.

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A rally is planned Thursday at U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s office against the American Health Care Act.

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Florida senators will begin hashing out possible medical marijuana laws this week.

Older Floridians Worry About Obamacare Replacement

Mar 21, 2017

Older Americans who have not yet reached Medicare age are among the groups hardest hit by the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

An analysis by The Associated Press shows that many of those who buy their own health insurance stand to pay thousands of dollars more.

WMFE

Mass shootings in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale have brought conversations about gun rights and restrictions front and center this legislative session. 

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An Orlando police officer diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after the Pulse shooting has been ordered back to work.

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is warning about a surge in heroin overdoses.

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The mother of a victim of the Pulse Night Club shooting will be watching from the Capitol tonight as President Donald Trump gives an address to a joint session of Congress.

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Supporters at an Orlando Town Hall want Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings to “fight like hell” for Obamacare.
Congress goes back in session Monday, ending a week of often contentious town hall meetings. The crowd at Demings’ town hall on health care reform in Orlando on Sunday was tame compared to some other events.

Democratic State Senator Victor Torres filed a bill Tuesday to allow first responders to get worker’s compensation coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Lynn Hatter, WFSU

Florida leads the nation in signups through the Affordable Care Act, and Orlando alone had more signups that 32 entire states.

Matthew Peddie, WMFE

First responders who get post-traumatic stress disorder on the job soon may be eligible for more workers compensation benefits.

A new bill filed Wednesday has the potential to completely revamp Florida’s medical marijuana system – and remove caps on the number of growers.

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