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After years of failed attempts to expand Medicaid insurance coverage in Florida, one recently-formed group is pushing for something more — single payer.

Normally that means complete government control of health insurance.

But the drive for a package of constitutional amendments is focusing on a strategy that keeps private insurance intact.


Wednesday on “First Coast Connect, Virginia Hall, senior director for Advocacy and Community Engagement at St. Vincent’s HealthCare told us about Saturday’s Medical Mission at Home. Meghan Fiveash, the community relations manager for Native Sun Food Market, discussed the company’s new policy to stop offering plastic grocery bags. Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library’s president Sylvia Wren and board member Margaret Smith told us about the upcoming book sale, and travel blogger Judy Wells talked about her recent trip to Hawaii.  


    

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The Republican health care bill under consideration in the House of Representatives would change health coverage for a lot of people.

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The last chance to enroll in health insurance through the federal marketplace is Sunday.

Northeast Florida health insurance navigators are urging First Coast residents not to pass up on the opportunity, even if they think they might not qualify.

That’s because the consequences for not enrolling have never been as severe.


There are more than 18,000 uninsured children in Duval County. Many of these children qualify for low-cost health insurance through the Florida KidCare program, but they’re not enrolled because their parents simply don’t know about it.

In July 2014, the National League of Cities selected Jacksonville as one of eight cities across the US to receive a grant to address this problem.

The Jacksonville Children’s Commission and City of Jacksonville are leading the charge to implement the “Cover Jacksonville” campaign to bridge the gap for the uninsured.

We speak with Cheryl Townsend, Project Director for Cover Jacksonville.


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On Dec. 17, almost three months before the annual legislative session began, new Senate President Andy Gardiner met with reporters in the conference room of his Capitol office. He talked with the press for 30 minutes, touching on a wide variety of issues, including a plan by business groups and others that would use Medicaid expansion dollars to help lower-income Floridians purchase private health insurance.

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As of today, gay couples can legally marry in Florida. That’s because more than a dozen same-sex couples sued to get the same benefits as straight couples. WJCT talked with one of the women who filed the historic suit.

    

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Conflicting appeals court rulings over the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, have thrown the law’s future into an uncertain status.

FL Blue, Humana on Feds' Audit List

Jun 11, 2014

Two of Florida's largest managed-care providers are among 30 on a list scheduled for landmark audits by federal health officials: Florida Blue, the state's largest overall insurer; and Humana, which has more Medicare enrollees than any other HMO in the state. 

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After years of criticism that they cost taxpayers too much, private Medicare Advantage health plans are facing audits that for the first time could order them to repay the government tens of millions of dollars for past overcharges and other billing mistakes.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The state's largest insurer has a new president. Florida Blue announced this week that Dr. René Lerer has been appointed president.

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Today marks the deadline for Americans without health insurance to enroll for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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Time is running out to register for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. 

Governor Rick Scott, unemployment numbers, and sex crimes are in the headlines today.

Michael Dunn, university graduation rates, and gun laws are in the headlines today.

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