Julio Ochoa

Health News Florida Editor

Julio Ochoa is editor of Health News Florida.

He comes to WUSF from The Tampa Tribune, where he began as a website producer for TBO.com and served in several editing roles, eventually becoming the newspaper’s deputy metro editor. 

Julio was born and raised in St. Petersburg, and received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and worked at a paper in Greeley, Colo., before returning to Florida as a reporter and as breaking news editor for the Naples Daily News.

Contact Julio at 813-974-8633, on Twitter at @julioochoa or email julioochoa@wusf.org.

39 Florida hospitals will get less money from Medicare this year because their patients had high rates of infections or other complications.

A health plan that provides care to low-income Hillsborough County residents is expanding to serve more people.

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital will continue to get federal funding after regulators said Friday that the St. Petersburg hospital made required improvements.   

Lawmakers are considering legislation this year that would provide more oversight of the state’s pediatric heart surgery centers.

Two top officials at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg are stepping down.

Florida Blue has won the first round of a lawsuit filed by a competitor seeking to stop the company from contracting exclusively with insurance agents.

Shriners Hospitals for Children will stop offering inpatient care at its Tampa location starting in August.

It's not even 6 a.m. when Amy and Christie begin a 45 minute drive south. 

The two friends are headed to a clinic in Hernando County where they’ll get a dose of methadone. They take this trip seven days a week, they said, to keep from relapsing into the pill addiction that nearly destroyed their lives.

The University of South Florida is recruiting 1,600 elderly volunteers to determine whether computer brain exercises can prevent dementia.

Three more leaders have left Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg following multiple reports by the Tampa Bay Times about problems with its Heart Institute.

A bill filed by Sen. Marco Rubio would change the way safety net hospitals are reimbursed for serving uninsured and Medicaid patients.

Six disabled and elderly Floridians are suing the state over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The number of Floridians who enrolled in the Affordable Care Act this year increased by more than 55,000 compared to last year.

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Medicaid enrollees in Florida will have a much shorter window to apply thanks to a change approved by the federal government. But the reason given for the change doesn't add up for some.

The state starts rolling out new Medicaid managed care plans on Saturday and some are worried about the impacts to Florida’s most vulnerable children.

The number and rate of uninsured children increased in Florida and across the nation in 2017, according to a report released today by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families.

Doctors say young children who have experienced trauma from neglect, abuse or violence may cry excessively or have problems sleeping or eating.

A new health insurer in Florida filed a motion to immediately block Florida Blue from contracting exclusively with insurance brokers. 

There's less than a month left to enroll for health insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplace and so far this year fewer people have been signing up.

Authorities say 39 white supremacist gang members have been arrested in a gun and drug-trafficking operation.

A health insurance provider that started selling plans on Florida’s Affordable Care Act marketplace this year is suing the state’s largest insurer.

Another case of hepatitis A has been found in a food service worker in the Tampa Bay area.

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All three of the flu outbreaks that have been reported in Florida so far this season occurred in Hillsborough County, according to the state.

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Hillsborough commissioners on Wednesday voted to spend $13.7 million dollars over the next year to combat opioid addiction.

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St. Petersburg leaders have settled a lawsuit filed by environmental groups in 2016 after the city released millions of gallons of sewage into Tampa Bay. 

Kaiser Family Foundation

Health insurance premiums and deductibles for employer-sponsored plans are costing workers more this year, according to a report from Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Open enrollment for Medicare begins October 15 and this year there are lots of changes that will create more health care options for seniors.

A bird that migrates more than 9,000 miles from the Arctic to the southern tip of South America, is encountering problems when it stops over in the Tampa Bay area.

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E-cigarette use among young people in Florida spiked over the past year, according to data released by Tobacco Free Florida.

Children registering for school in Florida this year were asked to reveal some history about their mental health.

The new requirement is part of a law rushed through the state legislature after the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

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