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Obamacare Exchanges In Limbo as GOP Repeal Fails and Trump Ramps Up Sabotage Talk

| July 19, 2017

Even as premiums increase about 18 percent, Florida Blue, the state’s largest health insurer, said those rates would go even higher if government subsidies disappeared.

Owner of Group Home on Palm Coast’s Braddock Lane Faces 5 Felony Counts for Elderly Neglect

| July 7, 2017

Two residents at the group home had to be hospitalized and three evacuated from a house where the air conditioning hadn’t worked for two days, and the indoor temperature hovered around 91.

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.

Non-Partisan Analysis of 22 Million More Uninsured Deals Blow to Senate Health Bill

| June 27, 2017

By 2026, an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with about 28 million who would lack coverage under current law.

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.

Going Gray: Can Our Car-Centric Towns Adjust to Aging Baby Boomers?

| January 15, 2017

The millions of boomers who will grow old in Palm Coast-like exurbs will put pressure on local governments to spend more on everything from transportation to senior services.

Should Older Drivers Face Special Restrictions?

| January 2, 2017

Legislatures have become increasingly reluctant to restrict driver’s licenses for seniors or impose extra requirements — such as vision or road tests — for getting them renewed based solely on their advancing age.

Pleading Guilty to Manslaughter Death of Invalid Uncle, Woman Now Faces Up to 15 Years in Prison

| December 19, 2016

Prosecutors say Holly Norris, 38, had neglectfully left her 65-year-old invalid uncle alone for days by the time he was found unconscious on the floor of a bedroom. He died two weeks later. He’d had a stroke.

How Trump’s Health Secretary Will Alter Policy from Obamacare to Abortion to Birth Control

| December 11, 2016

Tom Price, a Georgia physician who opposes the Affordable Care Act, abortion and funding for Planned Parenthood, among other things, could have a rapid impact without even a presidential order or an act of Congress.

Florida Hospitals in Flagler and Volusia Anchor 3-Year Project to Improve Lung Cancer Care

| September 13, 2016

The ACCC Optimal Care Coordination Model for Lung Cancer Patients on Medicaid project will work to reduce barriers to care by developing a care coordination model to leverage effective partnerships among cancer programs and practices, community organizations, patients, and primary care and specialty providers.

America’s Other Doping Problem: Drugging Up the Elderly in Hospitals

| September 2, 2016

An increasing number of elderly patients are on multiple medications, raising chances of dangerous drug interactions. Often the drugs are prescribed by different specialists who don’t communicate, and hospital doctors add to the list of drugs, sometimes unnecessarily or unsuitably.

“A Hair Between Sanity and Insanity”: Pehota’s Anguished Account of Killing Husband Marks 1st Trial Day

| July 20, 2016

A video interview of Pehota describing the killing of her husband and the circumstances surrounding it underscored the first day of her trial. She faces a second-degree murder charge. Nothing happened today to shake an aura of sympathy–even empathy–around Pehota.

In Jury Selection for Anna Pehota Trial, Pronounced Sympathies for the Killer

| July 18, 2016

Anna Pehota, 76, facing a second-degree murder charge for shooting her husband in the Hammock last September, is benefiting from inherent sympathy going into her trial, which began with jury selection Monday and starts in earnest Wednesday.

Pyrrhic Vanishing: Democrats Unite, But What Happened To Medicare For All?

| July 18, 2016

Most health policy analysts — including those who are sympathetic to the idea — say moving from the current U.S. public-private hybrid health system to one fully funded by the government in one step is basically impossible. And that’s making a huge assumption that it could get through Congress.

Florida Health Summit Concludes With One Overriding Prescription: Expand Access to Care

| April 26, 2016

While senators have focused heavily on access, the House and Scott have pushed for health-care changes that include reducing or eliminating some longstanding regulations. They contend that such ideas would create more competition and lower health-care costs.

In a Rebuff to Florida, Federal Government Says New Abortion Law Can’t Block Clinic Funding

| April 19, 2016

A key federal health agency on Tuesday notified Florida and other states that they may not ban Medicaid funding for family-planning services at clinics that also offer elective abortions.

You’re Dying. But Most Doctors Don’t Know How to Tell You.

| April 17, 2016

Policy experts are urging more end-of-life conversations not just to accommodate patients’ desires, but to save money on aggressive medical interventions that patients and their families don’t want and that won’t prolong life.

Nurse Assistants at Grand Oaks Rehab Strike for $15/hr Wage in Echo of National Movement

| April 14, 2016

Workers at Grand Oaks Rehab Center in Palm Coast, most on poverty wages, walked out for 24 hours, though they’d given the facility almost two weeks’ notice and replacements ensured no residents lacked care.

Hear Us Roar, Older Residents Tell Palm Coast Council as They Clamor for a Senior Center

| April 12, 2016

But the Palm Coast City Council is cool to the idea of a dedicated senior center: it has an active community center on Palm Coast Parkway and is ramping up uses of its new city hall’s community wing.

Two Sweeping Supreme Court Cases Set to Redefine Abortion and Contraceptive Rights

| January 10, 2016

As devastating to abortion rights as 2015 proved to be in state legislatures, 2016 is shaping up to be even more turbulent — perhaps the most momentous year for reproductive issues in a generation.

Florida Doubles Rates For 36,000 KidCare Full Pay Children, and Blames Obamacare

| August 31, 2015

Thousands of parents were slammed with new rates with less than a month to pay, though they’ll have a chance to leave Florida’s plan for Obamacare in a special enrollment period.

Sedated We Stand: Medicare Paid for Nearly 40 Million Tranquilizer Prescriptions in 2013

| June 12, 2015

Florida had more doctors who prescribed large amounts of benzodiazepines than anywhere else in the country with some 144 Florida doctors wrote at least 2,000 prescriptions for them to Medicare patients.

Senator Blasts “Hypocritical” House Over Rejecting Medicaid Money While Getting Set to Borrow

| June 8, 2015

Disagreements led Senate Appropriations Chairman Tom Lee, R-Brandon, to label the House as “hypocritical” for rejecting federal Medicaid expansion funding while being willing to issue bonds to pay for environmental projects.

More Than 1.3M Floridians May Lose Their Obamacare Subsidies, More Than Any Other State

| June 8, 2015

Floridians received at least $389 million in March from the federal government to help pay for their health insurance. The subsidies are at the center of a Supreme Court case challenging the health law. The case will be decided this month.

In Breakthrough, Lawmakers Agree on Health Budget and “Significant” Increase for Education

| June 7, 2015

Florida House and the Senate reached tentative agreements Saturday on money to hospitals and providers for the poor, and a $207-per-pupil increase in education funding.

Opposing “Medicaid in Disguise,” Florida House Set to Kill Senate Health Plan Friday

| June 4, 2015

For all of its new provisions, House Republicans said, the so-called Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange, or FHIX, remains Medicaid expansion in disguise.

Senate Approves Health Plan to Resolve Budget Impasse, But House Remains Unmoved

| June 3, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott and House Republican leaders staunchly oppose the legislation, which helped grind budget negotiations to a halt earlier this year and spark a special session currently underway.

Federal Government Calls Gov. Scott’s Lawsuit Over Medicaid Expansion “Baseless”

| June 2, 2015

Federal officials fired back in court against Gov. Rick Scott’s contention that the Obama administration has unconstitutionally tried to link expanding Medicaid with the continuation of a key health-care funding program.

Elder Abuse: A Huge, Expensive and Lethal Problem

| May 31, 2015

There is little doubt that elder abuse is growing, driven by growth in the elderly population. To address it, some governments are training police and social workers to investigate it.

Senate Leaders Propose Compromise in Budget Impasse, Gov. Scott and House Reject It

| May 26, 2015

Scott and House Republicans have repeatedly said they have no interest in using Medicaid expansion funds from Obamacare to close a $2.2 billion budget gap and insure more Floridians.

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