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Wednesday April 23, 2014

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Brochures and donuts lined two tables at Al Lopez Park where people could get help registering for Obamacare.


photo by Janelle Irwin

Last minute glitches don't seem to be deterring Obamacare enrollment

Despite some more glitches on healthcare.gov, turnout is high in Tampa on the final day to enroll in Obamacare. More than 30 people were already waiting in line by 10:30 a.m. Monday at Al Lopez Park to get help enrolling in private health insurance under the federal healthcare law. Most of those people, like Myrta Mayor, are hoping that their last minute enrollment can save them some money on coverage that is now required.

“The one that they’re offering at my job is very expensive - $753 ...

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Dealing with Debt

The Urban Café welcomes Geneva Dobson who owns a debt management company whose main function is to reduce student loan debt, resolve default and qualify clients for forgiveness. She has also written a book titled; Failing Successfully: Life after Debt that details her life and key aspects of living beyond debt.

We will also discuss;

• Credit Repair

• Filing Bankruptcy

• Chapter 11 & 13

• Credit Rating

• Student loans

• Credits Cards

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Obamacare, Medicaid and dentists - how are they affecting your health and pocket book?

The deadline for enrollment is Monday, March 31st and supporters of the healthcare law are stepping it into high gear to end open enrollment with as many participants as possible. That’s important to Democrats coming into mid-term elections where the federal healthcare law will be a cornerstone talking point for Republicans against the law.

So far more than 6 million people have signed up for coverage under the law. That’s a number the Obama administration is proud of even though it’s a ...

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Corey Avenue makeover could include re-routed traffic in St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach’s downtown may be in line for a major facelift. That’s if a vision plan created by an outside consulting group goes through. The city commission is getting some backlash from residents.

Consultants are recommending that traffic around downtown be re-routed away from its main street. Right now the east and west sides of Corey Avenue are split by 5 lanes of traffic by Gulf Boulevard. That’s a problem says city manager Mike Bonfield.

“Because now we historically have a coup...

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About 300 dentists volunteered to provide care to as many as 2,000 patients at the Florida State Fairgrounds.


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Free dental care fair in Tampa rescues more than 1500 from pain

As many as 2,000 people from across the state are receiving free dental care Friday and Saturday at the Florida State Fairgrounds. This is the state’s first Mission of Mercy where the goal of hundreds of dentists and dental hygienists is to get people who don’t have access to oral healthcare out of pain.

In a giant expo hall at the fairgrounds, several generators powered more than 100 dental chairs – all of them occupied by patients. The whirring of drills and suction hoses signaled to mor...

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Should Florida Give Tax Breaks to Homeowners Who Install Solar?

Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. My guest is part of a coalition which says: "Florida’s solar energy industry and clean energy advocates are calling on state Representative Ritch Workman to stop blocking consideration of a resolution that would allow voters to decide whether or not to remove punitive taxes on solar energy systems. The solar industry supports letting the voters decide on the exemption of solar energy systems from the punitive tangible personal property tax. Removing thi...

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Activists wave signs in front of th building where FL Rep. Kathleen Peters' office is located.


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Activists call on Republican FL Rep. Kathleen Peters to support Medicaid expansion

It costs more for a person earning below poverty wages to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act than it does many middle class people. That problem would be solved if Florida lawmakers expanded the state’s Medicaid program. Activists protested the refusal of federal funding in front of Republican State Representative Kathleen Peters’ office in St. Pete Thursday.

Activists including Terrie Weeks hope they can persuade holdouts in the legislature to change their minds.

“Beca...

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Author and Activist James W. Douglass to deliver talks on JFK and peace in Florida

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei welcomes author and activist James W. Douglass to discuss JFK and a series of events he will be hosting this week in Sarasota and St. Pete.

Douglass will lead a retreat called “Gandhi and the Unspeakable: Will We Wake Up to Nonviolence?” He will start with Gandhi shivering on the train platform in South Africa and take retreatants all the way to Gandhi’s final confrontation with the Unspeakable. The retreat is at the Dayspring Conference Center, a wooded...

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What's coming up at this year's Sarasota Film Fest? and Corporations Want to Deny Birth Control to Employees

Through Women’s Eyes/Sarasota Film Festival

It looks like a great SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL coming up April 4-13. A very important part of this film festival is the 15th annual “THROUGH WOMEN’S EYES,” films by, for and about women Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6. All of these films, and most of the festival films are shown at the Regal Cinema Hollywood 20 in Sarasota.

Guests on From a Woman's POV:

SUSANN OST...

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