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HealthPlan Services is bringing 1,000 new jobs to Florida, in part because the company says it will pick up a lot of new customers from the Affordable Care Act, the Tampa Tribune reports. Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most ardent opponents of the health law, was on hand to praise the company for adding new jobs in Florida.

State non-career employees who work at least 30 hours per week can enroll in health coverage through the state health-insurance plan when open enrollment starts in October, the Florida Current reports. The Florida Legislature passed a bill last session to extend the coverage to these workers, known as "other professional services" or OPS employees, to avoid a $321 million penalty under the Affordable Care Act.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most vocal critics of the Affordable Care Act, has spent the past month raising alarms that signing up for a health plan will put citizens' privacy  at risk.

He has managed to attract a lot of media attention, and the White House's effort to combat the rhetoric with explanations of the data hub security system -- a complex subject -- has been pretty much ignored.

People who lose their jobs and the health insurance tied to them will have new coverage options when the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces open in October.

But consumer advocates are concerned many of these unemployed people may not realize this and lock themselves into pricier coverage than they need.

The Obama administration has turned over to a Congressional committee the grant applications for groups that are training “Navigators,” attempting to deflect political heat away from the groups while they’re busy training enrollment advisors.

With the launch of new health insurance exchanges just about two weeks away, many of the questions in this month's mailbag focused less on the big picture and more on exactly how the law will operate for individuals.

We can't answer every question we get. But here is a sampling of questions that were really popular, or that would apply to a lot of people.

Earlier this week, an outreach worker from Moffitt Cancer Center was invited to speak at the White House. The Obama Administration was so impressed with Myriam Escobar's work that they honored her as a 

In your Aug. 30 article, “No Rate Increase, Study Predicts,” you appear to have reached your conclusion simply by oversimplifying.  The RAND study you quote states the following:

“In analyses that held age, actuarial value, and tobacco use constant, we estimated that, for five of the ten states we examined (Florida, Kansas, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas), and for the United States overall, the law causes no change in premiums.”

PolitiFact.com

According to PolitiFact, the IRS is not the main enforcer of the Affordable Care Act, as the National Republican Congressional Committee claimed in a recent video. Health policy experts note the IRS will deal with subsidies and penalties, but other agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Labor, play a large role in ACA enforcement. 

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, whose mother is enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan that drives her to doctors’ appointments, claims that such plans will be hurt by the Affordable Care Act. PolitiFact  checked out that claim.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was on the University of South Florida Tampa campus Thursday afternoon to hand out $7.8 million in grants to help Floridians with the Affordable Care Act. 

The money will be given to eight organizations around the state to hire staff to help consumers enroll in a health insurance plan. Starting Jan. 1, almost all Americans will be required to buy health insurance under the ACA.

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We asked our readers to tell us what they thought was confusing about the Affordable Care Act, and you called, e-mailed and Facebooked us with questions. This week on Florida Matters, WUSF’s Craig Kopp sits down with attorney Linda Fleming of Carlton Fields, Julian Lago with the National Association of Health Underwriters and Health News Florida Editor Carol Gentry to help answer some of those questions. 

The show airs tonight at 6:30 p.m. on WUSF 89.7 FM. You can listen to the live stream online by clicking on the “Listen Live” button in the top left corner of this page. A podcast of the half-hour show will be available on the Florida Matters website

Finding uninsured people and helping them enroll in health plans through the new online marketplace -- set to open Oct. 1 -- will be hard. If they don't speak English, it will likely be harder still.

It presents an extra hurdle in states like California, Texas and Florida, as Kaiser Health News reports.

JSA Care Partners, a St. Petersburg-based multi-site physician group, was among seven Accountable Care Organizations that are leaving the high-risk “Pioneer” ACO group, federal officials announced last week).

The biggest changes in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act are set to begin less than three months from now. Oct. 1 is when people can start signing up for coverage in new state health exchanges. The policies would kick in on Jan. 1, 2014.

It can all be a little confusing, we agree. So two weeks ago, we asked what you wanted to know about the health law.

While the Affordable Care Act is still six months away from being fully implemented, employers are looking at healthcare by the numbers - namely 49 and 29, according to the Ocala Star Banner. (Editor’s note: Readers may encounter paywall.)

Florida Hospital Association president Bruce Reuben writes that all Floridians should care about how the state handles the decision on Medicaid expansion, since it ultimately affects everyone.

Last week, Florida's governor and lawmakers asked HHS for guidance on setting up a health exchange. On Tuesday HHS released a gusher of guidelines.

The effort to digitize health records in Florida is caught in a power struggle between doctors and hospitals, increasing the risk that the deadline will be missed and funds will be forfeited.

Gov. Rick Scott, who had signaled a thaw in his anti-'ObamaCare' attitude on Friday, now has gone further; he wants to have a "conversation" with federal officials.

Gov. Scott, who still ruled out cooperation on "ObamaCare" as of Wednesday, changed his tune Friday, issuing the statement: "Just saying 'no' is not an answer."

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislative leaders counted on Mitt Romney to win the election and repeal what they call “ObamaCare.” That didn't happen.

Now, the state’s about to miss an important deadline in implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

On Nov. 16, states are supposed to turn in the applications and blueprints for their health insurance exchanges. The exchanges are virtual shopping malls where the uninsured are supposed to go a year from now to sign up for health coverage for 2014.

Florida's governor and legislature have said they won't cooperate with the Affordable Care Act. They could slow its implementation if they continue to balk.

When Florida's legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act failed in June, it placed increased importance on the outcome of today's election. The fate of the law -- and millions of uninsured -- rides on the vote tally.

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