Medicaid http://blog.wlrn.org en Florida First In Medicaid Coverage For Mentally Ill http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-first-medicaid-coverage-mentally-ill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This month, Florida became the first state to offer a Medicaid plan dedicated to people who are diagnosed with severe mental health disorders.</span></p><p>It’s part of a larger move by the state’s Medicaid officials to move coverage towards a managed care system. It means one organization takes care of and coordinates all of a person’s health care needs: no more separate dental, vision, and internal medicine plans.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:22:45 +0000 Wilson Sayre 35603 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida First In Medicaid Coverage For Mentally Ill Miami Nurses In Tallahassee Find Legislation Has No Desire To Extend Medicaid http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-nurses-tallahassee-find-legislation-has-no-desire-extend-medicaid <p>The campaign to expand Medicaid for Florida's uninsured poor continued in Tallahassee last week with a mass lobby conducted by doctors and nurses from Miami's Jackson Hospital. They went from office to office in the Capitol seeking legislative support, but got basically nowhere.</p><p>Hear the full story:</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:15:38 +0000 Rick Stone 29914 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Nurses In Tallahassee Find Legislation Has No Desire To Extend Medicaid Session Preview: Tax Cuts And Rosy Budget Outlook In An Election Year http://blog.wlrn.org/post/session-preview-tax-cuts-and-rosy-budget-outlook-election-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">March 4</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;marks the start of the </span><a href="https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Calendar/2014/Session_Dates_2013-07-01_154802.PDF" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">2014 Florida Legislative session</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the Capitol. It runs through May </span>2<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>For two months, lawmakers will consider proposed legislation on everything from marijuana to red-light cameras.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:00:41 +0000 Gina Jordan 28681 at http://blog.wlrn.org Session Preview: Tax Cuts And Rosy Budget Outlook In An Election Year Beckham's Charm Offensive To Bring Soccer To Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/beckhams-charm-offensive-bring-soccer-miami <p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:00:22 +0000 Elaine Chen 27562 at http://blog.wlrn.org Beckham's Charm Offensive To Bring Soccer To Miami States' Refusal To Expand Medicaid May Leave Millions Uninsured http://blog.wlrn.org/post/states-refusal-expand-medicaid-may-leave-millions-uninsured President Obama on Tuesday appointed one of his top management gurus, Jeffrey Zeints, to head the team working to fix what ails HealthCare.gov, the troubled website that's supposed to allow residents of 36 states to enroll in coverage under the Affordable Care Act.<p>But even if the team gets the website working as it should, millions of Americans may still log on to discover that they aren't eligible for any health coverage at all. And that won't be due to any technical glitch. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:11:24 +0000 Julie Rovner 22540 at http://blog.wlrn.org States' Refusal To Expand Medicaid May Leave Millions Uninsured New Medicaid Managed Care System Expands To South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-medicaid-managed-care-system-expands-south-florida <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; ">Thousands of low-income seniors in Southwest Florida and areas of the East Coast are poised this weekend to become part of the state's long-debated shift to a Medicaid managed-care system.</span></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:56:07 +0000 Jim Saunders & News Service of Florida 19889 at http://blog.wlrn.org New Medicaid Managed Care System Expands To South Florida Curtains Open On Medicaid Managed Care In Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/curtains-open-medicaid-managed-care-florida <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">More than two years after Florida lawmakers passed a controversial plan to transform the Medicaid system, it's </span>showtime<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">.</span></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:44:19 +0000 News Service of Florida 18329 at http://blog.wlrn.org Curtains Open On Medicaid Managed Care In Florida Insurance Giant Humana To Buy Key Player In Medicaid Program http://blog.wlrn.org/post/insurance-giant-humana-buy-key-player-medicaid-program <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">As Florida prepares to move forward next month with shifting thousands of seniors into Medicaid managed-care plans, Humana, Inc., announced that it will buy a major player in the program.</span></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 19:50:08 +0000 News Service of Florida 18023 at http://blog.wlrn.org Insurance Giant Humana To Buy Key Player In Medicaid Program You Ask, We Answer: Demystifying The Affordable Care Act http://blog.wlrn.org/post/demystifying-affordable-care-act 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.<p>It can all be <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/seniors-obamacare-democrats-kathleen-sebelius-93472.html?hp=f3">a little confusing</a>, we agree. So two weeks ago, we asked what you wanted to know about the health law.<p>You weren't shy; our inbox was stuffed. Here are some answers. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:41:48 +0000 Julie Rovner 16678 at http://blog.wlrn.org You Ask, We Answer: Demystifying The Affordable Care Act Outreach For New Health Insurance Exchanges Targets Latinos http://blog.wlrn.org/post/outreach-new-health-insurance-exchanges-targets-latinos Andrea Velandia, 29, is just the sort of person the architects of the new health insurance marketplaces had in mind when they were thinking about future customers.<p>She's young, in good health, uninsured and Latino.<p>"We're very healthy. We don't have many issues," she says of her family. For the most part, she and her husband avoid the health system. "It's very expensive to go to the doctor to get a regular checkup," she says. "And you only have an option to go to the emergency room, which is even more expensive."<p>On Oct. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:12:00 +0000 Jenny GoldJenny Gold 16410 at http://blog.wlrn.org Outreach For New Health Insurance Exchanges Targets Latinos Top Medicare Prescribers Rake In Speaking Fees From Drugmakers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/top-medicare-prescribers-rake-speaking-fees-drugmakers When the blood pressure drug Bystolic hit the market in 2008, it faced a crowded field of cheap generics.<p>So its maker, Forest Laboratories, launched a promotional assault on the group in the best position to determine Bystolic's success: those in control of prescription pads. It flooded the offices of health professionals with drug reps, and it hired doctors to persuade their peers to choose Bystolic — even though the drug hadn't proved more effective than competitors.<p>The strategy worked. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:45:37 +0000 16359 at http://blog.wlrn.org Top Medicare Prescribers Rake In Speaking Fees From Drugmakers Could LeBron And RGIII Help Sell The Affordable Care Act? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/could-lebron-james-help-sell-obamas-affordable-care-act <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDRxDEOgc8I</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:17:19 +0000 Julie Rovner 16336 at http://blog.wlrn.org Could LeBron And RGIII Help Sell The Affordable Care Act? With Health Exchanges Poised To Open, PR Push Draws Scrutiny http://blog.wlrn.org/post/health-exchanges-poised-open-pr-push-draws-scrutiny This weekend marks 100 days until people can begin signing up for new health insurance coverage under the federal health care law. It also marks another milestone: the launch of an enormous public relations effort to find people eligible for new coverage and urge them to sign up when the time comes.<p>But like everything else about the health law, even this seemingly innocuous effort has been touched by controversy.<p>Somewhere around 30 million Americans will be eligible to enroll in state health insurance exchanges beginning Oct. 1. But lots of those people don't know it. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:15:37 +0000 Julie Rovner 16191 at http://blog.wlrn.org With Health Exchanges Poised To Open, PR Push Draws Scrutiny What Tallahassee Lawmakers Failed To Do in 2013 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-tallahassee-lawmakers-failed-do-2013 <p></p><p></p><p></p><blockquote><p><a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/static/media/projects/legislative_tracker/index.html" style="color: rgb(62, 72, 122); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; text-align: left; " target="_blank">Editor's Note: Be sure to check out an interactive bill tracker of this year's session from the Miami Herald.</a></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 17:25:07 +0000 Phil Latzman & Rick Stone 13637 at http://blog.wlrn.org What Tallahassee Lawmakers Failed To Do in 2013 It's All About 'Mary' The Auto Reader In Tallahassee http://blog.wlrn.org/post/its-all-about-mary-auto-reader-tallahassee <p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; ">Speaker Will Weatherford introduced a new member of the Florida House this week.</span></p><p style="margin-right: 0.53in; margin-bottom: 0in">“<font face="Calibri, sans-serif">Members, we have an auto-reader. We had it in the closet just in case we ever had to actually read the bills,” Weatherford said amid laughs from the chamber. “It may be a little bit faster than normal.”</font></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 13373 at http://blog.wlrn.org It's All About 'Mary' The Auto Reader In Tallahassee