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Senate Health Bill ready for a final vote tomorrow listen

12/23/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Late this afternoon the U.S. Senate voted 60-39 to end the debate on the health care reform bill. The final vote on the senate bill will be tomorrow at 7AM. Some of the concessions won by lawmakers and interest groups in the healthcare overhaul bill have been called sweetheart deals, and came under fire during the debate. Republican Senator John Cornyn criticized deals given to Democratic Senators Bill Nelson of Florida and Ben Nelson of Nebraska.

Republican Judd Gregg of New Hampshire sai...


Medicare expert on end-of-life counsleling proposal listen

08/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As President Obama continues to campaign for health care reform, a false rumor is circulating that the President and Democrats were seeking to implement "death panels," with bureaucrats making decisions about whether elderly or seriously ill patients live or die. The allegation stems in part from a provision in a bill passed by three House committees that would provide Medicare reimbursement to patients seeking end-of-life counseling.

Yesterday, lawmakers working on the Senate version said...

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Medicare expert: end-of-life counseling issue wildly distorted listen

08/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In the past week, controversy over a particular provision in a House bill to overhaul the health care system has been dominating the headlines.

The provision would require Medicare to pay physicians to counsel patients once every 5 years. During those sessions, doctors could discuss how patients can plan for such end-of-life decisions as setting up a living will, obtaining hospice care or establishing a proxy to make their health decisions when they are unable to do so.

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State report: Medicaid Reform experiment unsuccessful listen

06/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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According to a new report, Medicaid reform has not proven it can save money, has not improved medical care for patients and has not given patients more choices.

Because of that, the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability says Governor Charlie Crist and the state Legislature should not expand the reform beyond its experimental population of 200,000 adults and children in Broward County and the Jacksonville area.

According to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, the ...

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Report: Florida may get nearly $2 Billion in new Medicaid funding listen

12/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

According to a new report, Florida could receive $1.8 billion in new Medicaid funds from the federal government if the economic stimulus bill is approved by Congress early next year.

The health care advocacy group Families USA predicts such an increase will bring 34,000 new jobs to the state.

Ron Pollack is the executive director of Families USA. He listed the average breakdown between Washington and the states when it comes to Medicaid funding, and how the new legislation will bring m...

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Success of Medicaid reform questioned listen

12/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last week Jeb Bush shook up the political world with news he is thinking about running for the U.S. Senate seat Republican Mel Martinez will vacant in 2010.

If Bush runs, his record may get a closer vetting than when he left office two years ago with high approval ratings.

One policy that might be examined is Medicaid reform. In 2005, Bush signed legislation aimed at reforming Medicaid, the health insurance program for more than two million low-income families and individuals. Origin...

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Is Medicaid Work Incentive for Florida?

11/30/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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People who are medically eligible to obtain the government health insurance Medicaid might not receive it if they earn too much money to qualify for the need-based program.

A coalition of advocacy, government, and business groups are working to craft legislation that would allow Floridians with disabilities to work but still be able to opt-in to Medicaid insurance.

This morning at the public library in downtown Tampa, about 40 stakeholders learned about the proposed program, called Work...

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