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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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Immigrant children may be less likely to get Florida KidCare under new rules listen

10/18/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A recent federal law is helping more undocumented immigrant children get access to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. When the CHIP Reauthorization Act renewed the program in 2009, 20 states did away with a rule that required immigrant children to wait 5 years after entering the US before they would be eligible for KidCare.

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McCollum Linked to WellCare Case - Attorney listen

10/05/10 Kimberly Vlach
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The attorney representing the main whistleblower in the Federal civil lawsuit against WellCare Health Plans has filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court, asking to bar Attorney General Bill McCollum from making any decisions on the proposed $137.5 million settlement. Why? They say McCollum failed to investigate more than $400 million in fraud against Florida’s Medicaid program due to a "conflict of interest."

"We’d sit in this room and think about the leadership’s bonuses…a...

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PBS Newshour's spotlight city tour rolls into St Petersburg to focus on the changing media landscape listen

04/13/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Newspapers are laying-off reporters. More people are going online to find their news. WMNF’s Tom Baur reports from St Petersburg where a panel of experts discussed “The Changing Media Landscape.”

As part of a five city two year national tour PBS Newshour hosted a forum today at the Poynter Institute for Interactive Media in St Petersburg. Their news anchor Gwen Ifill moderated a panel of local media newsmakers co-hosted by [WEDU](www.w...

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Kathy Castor breaks ground on new healthcare clinic listen

02/22/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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More healthcare options are coming to the Tampa Bay area. This morning, US Congresswoman Kathy Castor broke ground on a new health clinic that will be coming to East Tampa.

The new 15,000 sq. foot community healthcare center will be located on the corner of N. 22nd Street and Osborne Avenue in East Tampa. Charles Bottoms is the CEO of Tampa Family Health Centers, the non-profit organization that instituted the creation of the medical clinic. He said the new center will offer diverse healt...

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