04/28/2014

Healthcare marketplace enrollment continues for some in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties

If you're recently married, having or adopting a child or losing your health insurance due to a job loss, you have an additional 60 days to obtain coverage through the healthcare marketplace -- and navigators are still on hand to help.

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Florida medical tourism bill sparks protests over state's failure to expand Medicaid

Protesters on April 30 will call attention to Florida lawmakers' support of a medical tourism bill marketing the state's healthcare services to international visitors, even as they refuse to expand Medicaid for residents.

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Doctors get tough on bill collecting as medical debt grows

Between 2008 and 2012, multispecialty practices saw their bad debt go up 14 percent, according to a trade group survey. Some of them have begun to change their billing strategies to combat those debts.

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Insurers prepare to file 2015 rates -- and, say healthcare watchers, increase them

Insurers must file 2015 rates without having all the data needed to balance their cost with fair consumer pricing. And once again, Florida's Office of Insurance Regulation won't be regulating them.

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Did you opt out of health insurance this year? You're not alone.

Their reasons range from not earning enough to not understanding the health law. Tell us yours.

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04/23/2014

Despite impressive Affordable Care Act enrollment numbers, core problems remain

Without uniform Medicaid expansion and other reforms, the health law has only chipped away at the problems of the uninsured, says report.

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Despite impressive Affordable Care Act enrollment numbers, core problems remain

Without uniform Medicaid expansion and other reforms, the health law has only chipped away at the problems of the uninsured, says report.

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04/22/2014

Insurers see early prescription drug claims as a clue to who their new enrollees will be

Insurers are looking at early claims to see what the cost of insuring their new clients will be -- and accordingly, how they need to price their 2015 health plans.

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04/21/2014

Marijuana bill proponents hopeful despite Gov. Rick Scott medical czar's opposition

While Florida Gov. Rick Scott has neither rejected or endorsed the marijuana bill in public, its sponsor says, "“We are in a cautious walk forward here."

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Florida Blue: Premiums may rise in 2015

Jason Altmire, a former Pennsylvania congressman and now senior vice president of public policy for Florida Blue, told the Herald Monday that enrollment exceeded the company's expectations, but several factors could cause 2015 rates to rise.

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