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Florida to get $7.8 million to fund in-person insurance exchange help listen

08/15/13 Janelle Irwin
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Nearly $70 million is being allocated to communities across the country to make sure uninsured or under-insured people can find affordable healthcare. The announcement was made Thursday at USF Tampa by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. She said it will help the 3.5 million uninsured Floridians.

“In total across this state, there are 8 organizations who will work statewide and receive more than $7.8 million in navigator grants.”

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Obamacare expert gets slammed by critics at Tiger Bay Club of Tampa listen

07/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Open enrollment in healthcare exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act begins on October 1st. Members of Tiger Bay Club of Tampa were reminded Friday, the process is complicated.

The project director for the group Florida Covering Kids and Families, Jodi Ray, has been contracted as a navigator to help people understand the new law and find the right health coverage. But after explaining some upcoming provisions, she took a verbal lashing from some members of Tampa Tiger Bay who ar...

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Manatee County votes Tuesday on sales tax referendum to fund indigent health care listen

06/17/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Residents in Manatee County will vote Tuesday whether to fund emergency health care for the poor with a half-penny sales tax hike. Mary Ruiz is the president and CEO of a non-profit mental health and addiction center that treats uninsured people. She’s worried that if voters reject the plan, some people will go without life-saving health services.

“What the half penny sales tax represents is a plan to continue crisis health services for people who are the working poor who don’t have...

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Healthcare advocates swarm House Speaker Will Weatherford's Wesley Chapel office: VIDEO listen

03/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This month, both chambers of the Florida legislature rejected expanding Medicaid under the federal healthcare law. On Saturday seventy-five activists crowded the small parking lot in front of Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford’s Wesley Chapel office. Activists marched almost a mile along a busy stretch of highway and demanded that Weatherford and other state lawmakers change their minds.

“I see so many children who need medical care whose parents cannot afford to take them anywh...

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Students in eight low-income Hillsborough County schools get free dental care listen

02/18/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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More than 450 students in Hillsborough County have received dental screenings and sealants at no cost to their parents. The new program helps students in eight schools with high poverty levels. It targeted 100 more kids at Bryan Elementary School in Plant City today. Randy Valdez, a dentist and director of Suncoast Community Health Centers said the program is for second graders.

“Because that’s when they’re at their prime, optimum exposure to decay so we want to cover those firs...

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Dental care is a much needed part of overall health but isn't always affordable listen

12/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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With or without insurance, dental care is often neglected in health care decisions because it’s so expensive. But good dental care is about more than just a pretty smile, it’s a vital part of overall health.

“From a medical standpoint, there’s a link between poor dental care and systemic problems – heart attack, strokes, cancer – so we’re doing our part to alleviate that.”

  1. Merrell Williams is a dentist at his own private practice on N. Armenia in Tampa. He said tho...
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Health advocacy groups want feds to implement parts of the healthcare law in Florida listen

11/29/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida has until December 14 to show they will be ready to implement federally mandated changes to health insurance by January, 2014. During a conference call today advocates said the state won’t have time to create efficient health insurance exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

The exchanges will be a competitive market place where patients can shop around for health insurance. The process has been likened to travel planning websites like Travelocity that give consumers a ...

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President Obama in Ybor tells voters he has kept promises and is making some new ones listen

10/25/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Barack Obama rallied 8500 supporters in Ybor City early this morning as part of his final push to win a second term in the White House. The president has released a detailed jobs plan for the next four years he says is a huge jump on Romney’s plan, which Obama claims Romney won’t talk about.

According to the jobs plan on the campaign website, Obama’s plan would cut $4 trillion from the national deficit. He says it combines spending cuts with...

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In Seminole Obama says voters have a choice to make listen

09/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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At an impassioned grassroots speaking event, President Barack Obama told voters they have an obvious choice to make. Speaking to a crowd of thousands at the St. Pete College Seminole campus on Saturday, the president wooed the crowd with a combination of wit and optimism.

Hot on the heels of his Democratic nomination acceptance speech in Charlotte, Obama reiterated some of his priorities in office. In sync with the day’s venue, Obama criticized Republicans for wanting to “gut” educ...

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Some military veterans oppose Mitt Romney's plan for benefits listen

08/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A group of Veterans from across the state and country spoke out for the first time against the presumptive Republican nominee at the Bay Pines Veteran’s Administration building in St. Petersburg this morning. About a dozen people waved flags and signs to let passing motorists know that Mitt Romney wants to change the way past and current service members get care. Ken Woods, president of the Tampa Bay area Teamsters union said the plan to make veterans use vouchers to get medical care will...

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