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Avoidable Sepsis Infections Send Thousands Of Nursing Home Seniors To Gruesome Deaths

| September 10, 2018

No one tracks sepsis cases closely enough to know how often these severe infections turn fatal. But the toll — both human and financial — is enormous, an investigation finds.

The $109,000 Heart Attack Bill Is Down To $332. What About Other Surprise Bills?

| September 4, 2018

The hospital that overcharged a teacher cut the bill not before the huge charge sparked a national conversation over what should be done to combat surprise medical bills afflicting a growing number of Americans.

Obamacare Participants in Florida Will See Lowest Premium Increase In 8 Years

| August 30, 2018

The rate increases are some of the lowest ever requested by Florida insurance companies since the federal health law passed in 2010.

Obamacare Out of ICU: Health Insurance Premiums Are Stabilizing Despite GOP Attacks

| August 25, 2018

The improvements stem from less political uncertainty over health policy, steeper than necessary increases this year, and better understanding of the markets.

Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin Sales Pitch Downplayed Risks Of Opioid Addiction

| August 19, 2018

More than 1,500 pending civil lawsuits, filed mostly by state and local governments, allege that deceptive marketing claims helped fuel a national epidemic of opioid addiction and thousands of overdose deaths.

Florida Hospital Flagler Will Change Name to AdventHealth Palm Coast in Companywide Rebranding

| August 14, 2018

The change to AdventHealth Palm Coast, by Jan. 2, is part of a company-wide rebranding across all 47 Adventist Health System hospitals and dozens of other facilities in nine states.

In Governor’s Race, Democrats Push For Expanded Health Coverage For Floridians

| August 13, 2018

Democratic candidates s are accentuating a split with Republicans in a campaign where health care has become one of the touchstone issues.

Shirley “Bird” Blanton, 1928-2018

| May 22, 2018

Shirley “Bird” Blanton, 89, of St. Augustine, Florida went to her heavenly home to be her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 20, 2018.

Florida Hospitals and Halifax Health Named Among 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare

| April 17, 2018

Adventist Health System, which includes the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top places to work in health care.

Unnecessary Medical Care Is More Common Than You Think

| February 1, 2018

A study finds that in a single year more than 600,000 patients underwent treatment they didn’t need, at an estimated cost of $282 million. “Do no harm” should include the cost of care, too, the report author says.

Judge Lets Smokable Pot Case Go Forward, Rejecting State’s Motion to Dismiss

| January 28, 2018

The suit challenges a state law, passed during a special legislative session last year, that bans medical-pot patients from smoking marijuana.

Doctors Join Chorus Against Limits on Painkiller Prescriptions, But Lawmakers Push On

| January 23, 2018

The proposal to set legal limits on prescribing for pain medication continued moving forward when it was unanimously approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

To Stay on Medicaid, You May Have To Start Working: Trump’s Decision Sparks Fury

| January 15, 2018

Trump’s decision to allow states to test a work requirement for adult Medicaid enrollees sparked criticism from doctors, advocates for the poor, and minority and disability rights groups.

O Canada: Can a Single-Payer Health-Insurance System Work in the United States?

| December 28, 2017

American support for government-run, single-payer health care, once a fringe opinion, is picking up momentum, with doctors and patients increasingly supportive,

Despite Compressed Sign-Up Period, ACA Enrollment Nearly Matches Last Year’s

| December 27, 2017

A day after Trump said the Affordable Care Act “has been repealed,” 8.8 million Americans had signed up for coverage on the federal insurance exchange in 2018.

Assisted Living Facilities Are Challenging Rule Requiring Generator Power in Emergencies

| December 18, 2017

The Florida Senior Living Association representing 350 assisted living facilities argues the proposed rule creates requirements that are not authorized in state law.

Obamacare Enrollment Opens Wednesday For 5th Year: 5 Things You Should Know

| October 31, 2017

Despite the efforts of President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress, the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. But there are changes.

Trump Blows Up Obamacare Subsidies: What You Need To Know

| October 13, 2017

Some of Trump’s actions could have an immediate effect on the enrollment for 2018 ACA coverage that starts Nov. 1. Here are five things you should know.

That Last-Ditch Effort By Republicans To Replace ACA: What You Need To Know

| September 21, 2017

While the chances for this last-ditch measure appear iffy, many GOP senators are rallying around a proposal that would repeal most of the ACA.

Uninsured Rate Falls To Record Low Of 8.8%, But Florida’s Rate Still 5th Highest in U.S.

| September 17, 2017

Florida’s rate of uninsured would have been lower had Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature not prevented the federally-funded expansion of Medicaid.

Big Pharma Bullies: How Insurers Force You To Buy Name-Brand Drugs Instead of Generic

| August 10, 2017

Some pharmaceutical companies are cutting deals with insurance companies to favor their brand-name products over cheaper generics. Insurers pay less, but sometimes consumers pay more.

Next Stations of the Cross In Obamacare’s Near-Death Experiences: Debate and Amendments

| July 26, 2017

Senators are limited to 20 hours of debate, following which numberless amendments may be introduced–but not debated. It may get messy and difficult to follow.

Patriotic Millionaire: There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care

| July 22, 2017

Republican leaders claim they want affordable access to quality health care for all. It can’t be done by lowering taxes on businesses and the rich and letting the market run it all.

In Palm Coast, A Small Protest Against GOP Health Bill Echoes Myriad Anxieties of Flesh and Blood

| June 27, 2017

It wasn’t a large protest but every person gathered in support of Obamacare had a story to tell that looked past ideology to the human beings behind the numbers, and all those stories were local.

The GOP Senate Bill’s Hollow Promise To Protect Coverage For Preexisting Conditions

| June 25, 2017

Built into the bill are loopholes for states to bypass protections and erode coverage for preexisting conditions, so insurers could cover chronically ill people but not the diseases they suffer from.

Behind Closed Doors: 5 Things Being Weighed In Secret Health Bill Also Weigh It Down

| June 19, 2017

As 13 GOP senators continue to secretly craft a health care bill, some of the policies under consideration have slipped out, and pressure points of the debate are fairly clear.

In Latest Polling, Obamacare Beats Trumpcare, 49-31, With Little Support For Means-Testing

| May 31, 2017

The health overhaul bill passed by the House earlier this month accomplishes one major feat: It is even less popular than the not-very-popular Affordable Care Act.

GOP Defends Health Bill With Euphemisms, False Statements and Deleted Comments

| May 30, 2017

Since the passage of the American Health Care Act, Republican members of Congress have tried to swing public opinion to their side, but through deceptive means.

It Would Be Up to Florida to Dismantle Obamacare Protections If GOP Bill Advances

| May 8, 2017

Unless the legislation fails or changes substantially, many consumers across the country could see the amount they pay every year for premiums increase by thousands of dollars, making coverage effectively unaffordable.

As Washington Piddles, Liberal California Forges Ahead With Universal Health Care Ideas

| April 10, 2017

Organized labor and two lawmakers are leading the charge for a single, government-financed program for everyone in the state. Another legislator wants to create a commission that would weigh the best options for a system to cover everyone.

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