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WEDU's Florida This Week tackles healthcare, state budget, and abortion waiting period

06/22/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Florida This Week, WEDU, State budget, healthcare, coverage gap, Medicaid expansion, Bill Bunting, Patrick Mantaiga, Ernest Hooper, Mike Deeson, Paula Dockery, Alex Sink, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we listen to clips from the last couple weeks of WEDU''s Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. We first look at an discussion with Pasco Committeeman Bill Bunting, La Gaceta Editor Patrick Mantaiga, Tampa Bay Times Columnist Ernest Hopper, 10 News investigative reporter Mike Deeson, over the Republican opposition to medicaid expansion for uninsured Floridians and a bill that would require women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion. ...

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Florida This Week looks at senate bill on healthcare, Gov.Scott's economic summit, and land-buying for conservation listen

06/08/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: healthcare, Florida Senate, Florida This Week, Rick Scott, Daniel Ruth, Keith Fitzgerald, Adam Goodman, Susan Macmanus, WEDU, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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On today's show we listen to the latest episode of WEDU's Florida this week, a political panel discussion moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. We look at the recent bill passed by the senate last week during the special session, which would allocate billions of dollars to health insurance for over half a million Floridians. Gov. Rick Scott and House Republicans remain steadfast in their opposition to accepting federal money to expand healthcare.

We also look at an economic summit h...

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Young Invincibles group advocate for over 300,000 millennials in the healh care coverage gap

04/10/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: healthcare, coverage gap, Medicaid, millennial, Young Invincibles, Christina Rivera, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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The 2015 Florida Legislative Session is ending in less than a month and the State Senate and House are still at odds on a state budget, namely a 2 billion dollar expansion of medicaid that would help hospitals cover over 800,000 working poor. According to a report by advocacy groups Young Invincible and Florida CHAIN , over a third of those in the coverage gap are millennials, people between the ages of 18-34. Joining us to discuss how the medicaid expansion effects young Floridians is Christ...

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SCOTUS throws partial victory at unions listen

06/30/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: unions, healthcare, labor, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

Another Supreme Court ruling was something of a draw for unions. A group of home healthcare workers in Illinois argued they shouldn’t have to pay a cost sharing fee if they aren’t a member of the union, and the court agreed. But Unions dodged a bullet. Lisa Madigan is the attorney general for Illinois.

“Today’s decision from the court is a very narrow one. It does not change Illinois’ program. The court, in essence, ruled that home healthcare workers who choose not to join their union wil...

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

03/31/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, healthcare, Navigators, Medicaid, kathy castor

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

03/28/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: dentist, dental care, healthcare, Tampa, Mission of Mercy

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

03/27/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Medicaid expansion, Kathleen Peters, Awake Pinellas, healthcare, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

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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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Friday in Tampa: free dental care offers cleaner teeth and healthier bodies listen

03/24/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: dental care, healthcare, Florida Dental Association, Mission of Mercy

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People in the Tampa Bay area can get free dental care this weekend at the Florida State Fairgrounds. This Friday and Saturday adults and some children can get things like teeth cleanings and extractions. Terry Buckenheimer is a Tampa dentist and the president of the Florida Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy.

“And then also, we’re going to provide names, addresses, there’ll be some people from our FQHCs here in Tampa and also they’re affiliated with the Department of Health and they’l...

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States with their own health insurance exchanges may be better off listen

10/31/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: healthcare, healthcare.gov, Affordable Care Act, Kathleen Sebelius, Jodi Ray, Navigators, Obamacare

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Healthcare exchanges in states that established their own marketplaces seem to be holding up better than those states that chose to use the federally facilitated website that has been marred by problems since it opened one month ago. Nearly 200,000 New York residents have completed applications on the state’s exchange website.

Ron Pollack is the executive director of the group Families USA. During a conference call Thursday, he claimed states that have not es...

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Pinellas officials look to expand county health centers listen

10/29/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Pinellas County Commission, healthcare, homeless, poverty

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The Pinellas County department of health and community services is recommending the county make some changes to healthcare programs to make preventative care more accessible in high poverty areas.

During a county commission workshop Tuesday agency head Gwendolyn Warren laid out plans that could use shuttered public schools in impoverished neighborhoods to provide comprehensive health services including dental, smoking cessation and mental health.

"It's to our advantage to have a medic...

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