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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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Affordable Care Act affirmation celebrated in Tampa listen

06/29/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some supporters of the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the healthcare law held signs in front of the Federal Courthouse in Tampa today. The group of 25 people thinks the new law will make Americans healthier.

One of the most celebrated components of the healthcare law is the pre-existing condition provision. It keeps insurance companies from denying coverage to someone who has an ongoing illness. Ariel Fernandez is a Cuban immigrant and he has epilepsy. He said he’s had insurance s...

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In St. Pete House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer joins with congressional candidate to express support for Medicare listen

05/23/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Democrats in Congress are worried about a Republican-led budget proposal that would cut funding to Medicare. During a roundtable discussion this morning in St. Pete, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer joined a local congressional candidate to tell a small group of Pinellas County seniors that conservative initiatives in Congress would be detrimental to retirees and their families.

After working for both a Democrat and a Republican in Washington, congressional candidate Jessica Ehrlich has ...

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Tampa Bay Partnership group gives state legislators some economic development advice listen

05/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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During a meeting at the Tampa Bay Times Forum today, State legislators representing the region were given a list of issues members of the Tampa Bay Partnership thought should be made priorities. With Pinellas County considering a sales tax referendum for transit improvements, one group of business professionals told the 26 elected officials to ignore the “No Tax for Tracks” campaigns. Barry Alpert, managing investment director for Raymond James, said 40 years ago he could tell potential p...

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Healthcare for aging Latinos top priority for some non-profits and elected officials listen

04/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The national Latino population is rapidly growing, especially in the Tampa Bay area. But that group is also one of the most likely to be either uninsured or under-insured. Some studies have found that aging Latinos are also at a higher risk of some major medical conditions than white Americans. Florida State Representative Janet Cruz outlined some of those problems at an event in Town N Country this morning.

“Six percent of Hispanic adults in the United States and Puerto Rico have be...

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Some doctors, government officials and activists say new health care reform law could create jobs and lower health care costs listen

12/14/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The new health care law that fully goes into effect in 2014 has been challenged in several states, including Florida. Decision makers informed the community, small business owners and health care advocates about the benefits of health care reform at a Health and Human Services roundtable held in St. Petersburg on December 14.

The organizer of the event was Darden Rice with KnowYour Care, a national organization tha...

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Pushback against Florida's decision not to implement parts of new federal healthcare law listen

11/08/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida has put off implementing some provisions of the Affordable Care Act set to take effect in 2014. But a local non-profit wants residents to know how those provisions could provide expanded healthcare options for Floridians.

In a letter to cabinet officials and agency leaders, Florida House Speaker...

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