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Latest proposal to replace Obamacare would be particularly hard on Florida

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Latest proposal to replace Obamacare would be particularly hard on Florida

A proposal by two senators to replace Obamacare would be particularly bad for Florida, costing the state billions of dollars over the next 10 years, a new study says. The plan would do away with tax subsidies that help people pay for insurance premiums. Full story from Health News Florida, here.

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» Florida Blue CEO expects insurance subsidies will continue in 2017
» More people remain insured since Obamacare, CDC says. But many pay more out of pocket. [Miami Herald] See the CDC's latest report on health insurance coverage here (PDF).

Florida House ready for another run at "direct primary care"

The House is poised to again take up a “direct primary care” bill during the 2018 legislative session. Backed by small-business and physician groups, such agreements involve patients making regular payments to doctors to cover routine care, cutting out the role of insurers. [Source: News Service of Florida]

Latvala asks Scott for $20 million more to fight opioid crisis

Clearwater Republican Sen. Jack Latvala, the budget chairman of the Florida Senate, is calling on Gov. Rick Scott to allocate another $20 million from state reserves toward the ongoing opioid crisis. Opioids were the direct cause of death of 2,538 Floridians and contributed to an additional 1,358 deaths in 2015, the last year data is available. [Source: Miami Herald] See the letter from Latvala to Scott, here.

Nonprofit organization brings South Florida doctors to Middle East war zones

Jackson Memorial Hospital has a world-renowned trauma center where physicians and medical professionals help save lives in South Florida. And now, some of those doctors from JMH and other major medical institutions in South Florida are taking their skills to the Middle East to help save lives in war zones. [Source: WPLG]

Expect to spend more on health care in retirement — even if you're well

Health care can be one of the biggest expenses for Florida retirees — and those costs are growing. A new analysis from Fidelity Investments estimates that a healthy, 65-year-old couple retiring this year will need $275,000 to cover their health-care costs in retirement. [Source: CNBC]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› UWF Professor awarded National Institutes Of Health fellowship
Research on HIV and other chronic diseases by an instructor at the University of West Florida’s College of Health has led to a year-long, international fellowship. It’s called the PRIDE Fellowship and it’s sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which is a division of the National Institutes of Health.

› Sarasota Memorial pushes to expand its footprint in Venice
The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board is continuing to expand its footprint in the Venice area. Sarasota Memorial recently advertised for architects, engineers and contractors both to help build a new acute care hospital on 65 acres it owns on Laurel Road.

› Florida Hospital Flagler names new foundation board members
Florida Hospital Flagler appointed three new community leaders to the foundation’s Board of Directors. FHF appointed Steve Davis, Richard Haas and Sid Nowell.

› Program aims to deal with doctor shortage in Polk County
Staff at Winter Haven Hospital are teaming up with Polk County leaders and other local health care providers to help deal with a shortage of primary care doctors.

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