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Health insurance enrollment dipped in Florida in 2017

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Health insurance enrollment dipped in Florida in 2017

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Health insurance enrollment dipped in Florida in 2017

Overall enrollment in Florida’s commercial health-insurance market in 2017 dipped by more than 96,000 people, or 2.55 percent, from the previous year, a new state report shows. While the number of people covered decreased, insurance companies collected $20 billion in premiums for 2017, a nearly 6 percent increase from 2016. [Source: ]

Justices to hear arguments in hospital fight

In a case being watched by local governments across the state, the Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments Feb. 6 in a dispute about construction of a hospital in Volusia County. The court last week issued an order scheduling oral arguments in an appeal by the Halifax Hospital Medical Center taxing district. [Source: WLRN]

After last year’s fatal flu season, Florida health officials want you to get the shot soon

Doctors say it’s too early to tell whether this flu season will be as bad as the last. But the Florida Department of Health says it is already gearing up for additional outbreaks expected in the coming weeks. "While our flu season peaks in the early months of the year, early vaccination ensures protection during the holiday season when many gather for celebrations and family events," the department said in a statement. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

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From AIDS to Irma, nonprofit looks to address health and housing needs in Keys

In the 1980s, Key West was hit especially hard by AIDS. The group AIDS Help was created then to provide hospice care and treatment for people who had the disease. Over the years, it changed its name to AH-Monroe and expanded its mission to address crises from affordable housing to the impacts of Hurricane Irma. [Source: ]

AdventHealth will be official sponsor of Daytona Speedweeks

Daytona International Speedway and Florida Hospital, which will soon be renamed AdventHealth, announced an expansion of their relationship, making the health system the official presenting sponsor of DAYTONA Speedweeks at the "World Center of Racing." More at Florida Trend and .

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Lakeland Regional Health named best large hospital workplace in Florida
Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to share it was named Best Hospital Workplace with 150-plus beds by the Florida Hospital Association. The award was announced Thursday night at FHA’s annual meeting and awards presentation.

› Florida Hospital Orlando expands their Cardiovascular Institute
Florida Hospital Orlando announced on Thursday that they plan to expand its Cardiovascular Institute with a new Center for Living, which will offer a comprehensive program to identify, prevent, and treat cardiovascular diseases, which is the leading cause of death in the nation.

› UCF invents a new coating for insulin pumps to fight infections
Changing the cannulas or tubes in the insulin pumps is not only painful for patients, but increases their risk of infection. However, they don’t have a choice. If they don’t change these tubes, they risk inflammation and a less effective device to deliver the life-saving hormone.

› Wendy Brandon named new UCF Hospital CEO
HCA Healthcare and the UCF College of Medicine have named Wendy H. Brandon, FACHE, as CEO of UCF Lake Nona Medical Center. Slated to open by the end of 2020, the hospital strives to represent the future of medicine in Central Florida while delivering outstanding training for physicians.

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