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Friday, Oct. 2, is the deadline for veterans to sign up to share their stories of combat in Jacksonville.

Florida Blue is inviting veterans to record interviews next week that will be saved in the Library of Congress for future generations.


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Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown met for the first time with his new Community Wealth Building Task Force yesterday.

The 15-member team is looking for ways to boost development in Northwest Jacksonville.

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The health of Northeast Floridians ranks among the best and the worst, depending on where you live. St. Johns County ranks best in the state, but nearby Baker County falls just short of the bottom of the list--number 62 of 67.  Duval County ranks number 47.

But across the five-county region there is plenty of work to do. Only about a quarter of adults get an adequate amount of physical activity and about half of adults in the region suffer from chronic illness.

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.

Shad Khan, Jennifer Carroll, and Michael Dunn are in the headlines today.

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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.

The Westside Wolverines, George Zimmerman, and Justin Bieber are in the headlines today.

Florida Blue, urban blight, and the NSA are in the headlines today.

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Florida ranks first in the nation in residents signing up for health insurance through Healthcare.gov under the Affordable Care Act among states with federally administrated exchanges.

Jacksonville Public Education Fund, tornadoes, and Obamacare are in the headlines today.

The rollout of the national online Health Insurance Exchange under the Affordable Care Act in October has caused political strife for President Obama and increased uncertainly for those seeking insurance.

Jax port deepening fails House vote, Florida Blue cancels 300,000 policies, and a new mobile taxi service coming to Jacksonville are in the headlines today.

There are only a few days left until the nation's new health insurance exchanges are set to open.

October 1 is  when the uninsured will first be able to sign up for health insurance online. Premium costs are expected to vary widely state by state.

Florida  has resisted Obamacare, refusing to set up its own state-run exchange.

The Florida House also refused to expand Medicaid for low-income residents, and is not allowing federally funded "navigators" access to most county health departments.

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Florida Blue gets reorganization approval: State regulators have approved Jacksonville-based insurer Florida Blue's reorganization to a not-f0r-profit holding company.

MIAMI (AP) — State insurance officials will allow health insurance giant Florida Blue to restructure itself as a not-for-profit mutual insurance holding company. But the Office of Insurance Regulation's order prohibits Florida Blue from selling stock to investors outside of the group.

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