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Census: 30% of Floridians without health insurance

Florida ranks second-worst among states in percentage of working-age population without health insurance. 29.8 percent of Floridians age 18-64 didn't have health insurance in 2010, according to new Census Bureau data released this week. Only Texas, with 31.6 percent of working-age citizens without health insurance, is lower. The data shows nearly 1.6 million Floridians making under $15,372 a year were not covered by health insurance in 2010 and would be eligible for Medicaid if the state went along with a controversial expansion of the program under the Affordable Care Act. Gov. Rick Scott has said the state will not go along with an optional expansion of Medicaid eligibility, partly because of potential costs. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Chuck Cobb

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Senior managing director/CEO, Cobb Partners, Coral Gables; age 76

"I am a little bit of a frustrated professor. I’m very philosophical about business strategy, about government, about policy, about religion. I tend to out-think, out-analyze almost every problem there is. Sometimes maybe too analytical."

» Full 'Florida Trend Icon' interview is here

Column: Business lessons to draw from the RNC

Robert Trigaux, business columnist for the Tampa Bay Times, gives three examples other communities can learn from when staging huge civic events. He liked Front Row Tampa Bay with their live-streaming and marketing efforts at the RNC. Trigaux looked at how big business and Super PACs s entertained and influenced GOP delegates outside the convention center. And he speculated on why protests were nearly nonexistent. Read his column at the Tampa Bay Times.


FHP joins national crackdown

"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" is the traffic theme this Labor Day weekend, courtesy the Florida Highway Patrol. The Patrol will join thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation to remove impaired drivers from Florida’s roadways in an effort to save lives. "In an effort to get drunk and drugged drivers off the roads, FHP troopers will aggressively look for impaired drivers during the crackdown," said FHP Director Col. David Brierton. More from AP.


» FRIDAY PREVIEW: Next week on FloridaTrend.com, we'll be running a series on Health Care Trends in Florida, including

  • Cutting Edge Technology: Advanced training for doctors and other medical professionals in Florida
  • Pharmaceuticals: An analysis about physicians dispensing prescriptions
  • Profile of Capital Health Plan: The Tallahassee-based HMO has held down costs and kept its customers happy
  • Proton Therapy: There's a medical arms race in Florida
  • The road ahead under the ACA: Three effects of the Affordable Care Act in Florida

» You'll find all these stories first on the Daily and Afternoon Pulse e-mails.


Labor Day Weekend in Florida
Rodeo in Okeechobee

Labor Day may mean the unofficial end of summer, but in Florida, the outdoor  fun goes on and on. Here are some links for lists of events happening this weekend in the Sunshine State. Have a happy, and safe, Labor Day!

• Okeechobee: Annual Okeechobee Cattlemen's Labor Day Rodeo
• Space Coast: Cool events, hot parties fill Labor Day weekend
• Palm Beach County: Off-road campground plans Labor Day weekend ‘mud’ festival
• All of Florida: It's license-free saltwater fishing weekend
• Daytona Beach: Free Bandshell concerts help revive Boardwalk
• Fort Lauderdale: 10 things to do with the family
• Tampa Bay: Gulfport Gecko Fest and 22 other things to do in Tampa Bay
• Florida Keys: The Keys are back open for business
• Florida's Panhandle: Numerous Labor Day weekend events are happening in Pensacola and Panama City Beach
• Orlando and Central Florida: Besides all the theme parks being open, there's a film festival in Ocoee, surf festival in Cocoa Beach, Bands in the Sand festival in Daytona Beach, and much more!

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