Obamacare

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Demonstrators gathered outside a Jacksonville restaurant Tuesday to protest 4th District Congressman John Rutherford’s vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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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.

Florida House of Representatives

Duval County’s delegation to the state Legislature elected new leadership Wednesday. Republican Rep. Jay Fant will now serve as the delegation’s chair.

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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.


We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Florida Times-Union columnist;  Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist; and David Chapman, Daily Record reporter.

Topics include local items in the state's budget vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the Confederate Flag and more.


The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal. Before the decision was handed down, we spoke with Florida Coastal School of Law professor Rod Sullivan about the possible impacts of the high court's ruling.


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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed the Obama administration a major victory on health care, ruling 6-3 that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal.

"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," the court's majority said in the opinion, which was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. But they acknowledged that "petitioners' arguments about the plain meaning ... are strong."

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The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make decisions by the end of this month on two controversial cases about same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act.

Obergefell v. Hodges brings into question whether marriage equality is a Constitutional right. Florida has already legalized same-sex marriage.

Decisions are expected later this month from the U.S. Supreme Court on two of the highest-profile cases the court has had in years: Obergefell v. Hodges, on requiring all states to permit same-sex marriages; and King v. Burwell, on whether to uphold or invalidate a provision of the Affordable Care Act. We discuss the cases and their possible impacts with Greg Pingree, professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, and Nicholas Seabrook, professor of political science at UNF.

UF Health

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown is asking the feds to bypass Tallahassee and work directly with the city to keep the UF Health Jacksonville open.

The hospital receives around $95 million a year from a federal program called LIP that covers uninsured, low-income patients. The LIP program is set to expire at the end of June.

The Office of Governor Rick Scott

A congressional committee will hold a hearing on Gov. Rick Scott's showdown with the federal government over health-care funding, but that meeting could come too late to help close a potential $2.2 billion hole in the state budget.

Scott announced Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., will have the House Energy & Commerce Committee look into the governor's allegations that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is trying to illegally coerce the state into accepting Medicaid expansion.

Healthcare.gov

Today is the last day to sign up for health insurance under a limited tax-filing extension of the Affordable Care Act.

The special enrollment period was created for uninsured consumers who didn’t realize they’d be slapped with a fine if they didn’t have health coverage when they filed their taxes.

That fine is roughly $325 or 2 percent of a person’s income, whichever is higher.

Tony Penna with the nonprofit Enroll America says by signing up before midnight tonight, Florida residents can make that penalty go away.

The state's uninsured have a new chance to get covered this month.

Volunteers in Medicine

The number of uninsured Americans has fallen, but millions of working people around the country still do not have health coverage. 

Florida looks to lose more federal money set aside for Medicaid than any state that has opted out of expanding the health care program for the poor, says a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute.

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