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Florida projected to lose jobs under congressional health care proposal

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Florida projected to lose jobs under congressional health care proposal

A George Washington University and Commonwealth Fund report suggests Florida’s economy stands to lose big if Congress passes the current version of a measure repealing the Affordable Care Act. Researchers estimate the Sunshine State could lose more than 80,000, two-thirds in the healthcare sector. Full story from Health News Florida, here. Also read more at Business Insider.

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Free and charitable clinics increase amid possible cuts to healthcare for the poor

After eight years of stagnant growth during Obamacare’s coverage expansion, free and charitable health clinics are experiencing a major growth spurt amid Republican efforts to slash health coverage for the poor. Florida leads all states with roughly 100 free and charitable clinics. [Source: McClatchy]

Centene joins Florida Blue, Molina in state health exchange

Centene announced it will offer health insurance plans on Florida's Affordable Care Act exchange for the first time, joining Florida Blue and Molina, who will also remain in the market. Centene is expanding its footprint in Florida, Georgia, Texas and a handful of other states. [Source: AP]

Florida’s Health Plans: In the Business of a Healthy Florida
Join the Florida Association of Health Plans Sept. 13-15, 2017, in Orlando for its annual conference and learn how health plans are improving health outcomes through smart business strategies and delivering affordable, quality health care to all Floridians. Register at FAHP.net.

Florida congressional members want U.S. Army to hold public hearings on Zika vaccine

A bipartisan group of members of Congress from Florida has asked the acting secretary of the U.S. Army to hold public hearings before awarding exclusive rights to a French pharmaceutical manufacturer to develop a Zika vaccine [Source: Miami Herald]

Florida Blue: Rates will increase 20 percent without cost sharing reductions

Florida Blue will file its proposed rates for the Affordable Care Act marketplace this week and officials warn they could increase by 20 percent if the federal government stops funding the cost sharing measures that are included in Obamacare. Full story from WUSF and Health News Florida, here.

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Boca Raton Regional Hospital announced on Monday that it will explore a “strategic partnership” with another health care provider — a process that could result in a merger or acquisition.

› UM Hospital, labor union reach deal for pay raises, better benefits
Three weeks after University of Miami Hospital began layoffs in its management ranks, the hospital’s labor union announced that it has reached a deal with administrators that includes pay raises and better benefits for an estimated 2,100 hospital workers.

› With high local cancer death rates, Volusia promotes HPV vaccine
Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is one of the most common viruses that can lead to cancer, with roughly 14 million people, including teenagers, becoming infected each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states.

› Budget for Polk County’s Indigent Healthcare Fund unveiled
Polk County’s proposal on how to divvy up the money from November’s voter-approved half-cent sales tax cent for indigent health care was unveiled to the Citizens Oversight Committee.

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