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Florida Needs Federal Intervention with Medicaid

Posted on January 28th, 2009 by admin
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The Medicaid program in Florida is being pushed to its limits as a record number of needy citizens are qualified to enroll for assistance. Medicaid offers health care coverage to those who are unable to get coverage through other means, including those who are unemployed. As the ranks of the unemployed swells, so does participation [...]

Florida Governor Banks on Stimulus Package

Posted on January 26th, 2009 by admin
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Florida Governor Charlie Crist is making the unprecedented move of basing the upcoming year’s budget on receiving the proposed multibillion dollar stimulus package President Obama is working to pass. Without the financial boon, many social services, schools, and other programs would be facing severe budget cuts. The bill which would approve the stimulus package is [...]

Florida Burdened by Medicaid Enrollment

Posted on January 23rd, 2009 by admin
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The growing surge in unemployment is leading to a drastic increase in the number of citizens who qualify for state funded health care. Medicaid enrollment is at a record high, unfortunately this comes at a time when budgets are being tightened and there are fewer available funds for programs such as these. For some states, Medicaid [...]

Health Care Reform Cornerstone of Economic Recovery

Posted on January 21st, 2009 by admin
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Many were relieved to hear our new president, Barack Obama, mention the importance of reforming health care during his inagaural speech. The fear that health care reform was simply a promise made while on the campaign seems to be dispelling as actions are being taken to change the way health care functions in this country. Obama’s economic [...]

Cover Florida Off to A Smooth Start?

Posted on January 19th, 2009 by admin
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With the exception of a minor delay with one of its providers, officials overseeing the new Cover Florida plans say they are off to a smooth start. Having garnered roughly 102,000 unique hits on its website, companies are receiving applications for the last resort effort at getting more Floridians insured. Official numbers of applicants won’t [...]

Hope for the Children

Posted on January 16th, 2009 by admin
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A bill was sucessfully passed yesterday which will grant an additional 4 million children access to healthcare. For those children whose families earn to much money to qualify for Medicaid, yet are too poor to afford health insurance through other means, the government will now provide coverage for them. This appears to be a step [...]

Medicaid Enrollment on the Rise

Posted on January 14th, 2009 by admin
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Lee County Florida is currently the leader in Medicaid as it has seen more than a 25% increase in the number of people who qualify for the program. According to the Department of Children and Families, that is double the average for the state on the whole. The problem is that the budget is not [...]

Blue Cross Stores to Spread

Posted on January 12th, 2009 by admin
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After sucessfully launching a pilot store in Jacksonville, FL, Blue Cross and Blue Shield will be looking to expand its retail locations, known as Florida Blue, to other areas in the state. Possible future locations include Orlando, Miami, and Tampa and representatives say that the Jacksonville store in the St. Johns Town Center has been [...]

Roadblocks to Health Insurance Reform

Posted on January 9th, 2009 by admin
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Now that Barack Obama is preparing to take control of our country and consequently the future of our health care system, what are the main challenges he faces in achieving a better system for American health care? Experts feel that the three biggest aspects in need of addressing are the private insurance industry, and the [...]

Florida Health Insurance Plan Not Ready As Promised

Posted on January 7th, 2009 by admin
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It’s bad enough that Charlie Crist’s new Cover Florida health insurance plans look as though they will fall desperately short of meeting the hopes and expectations of Florida consumers, but even for those who sought to sign up for a plan right away, the option wasn’t there. Through some glitch in the system, the plans [...]