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Florida again leads nation in sign-ups for Obamacare

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Florida again leads nation in sign-ups for Obamacare

Enrollment across the country is lagging compared to prior years. But Florida, which consistently has led all states in the number of residents who choose ACA coverage, also known as Obamacare, is not far behind last year’s totals. More from the Miami Herald, the Tampa Bay Times, and .

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Florida nursing home workers avoid criminal charges in neglect, abuse deaths

More than a year after a criminal investigation began into the deaths of 12 patients left in the sweltering heat of a Hollywood nursing home, no one has been charged with a crime. This despite a state review that found the staff responsible for the deaths. [Source: Naples Daily News]

State may publish more data on heart surgery deaths

A state panel is considering a proposal to publish statistics online that would detail the number of deaths at Florida children’s heart surgery programs each year and be updated as often as every six months. The move would make the centers subject to an unprecedented level of transparency. [Source: Tampa Bay Times ]

Doctors who first tested diplomats after Cuba ‘health attacks’ doubt concussion theory

The Miami doctors who first treated U.S. diplomats in Havana affected by a mysterious ailment after exposure to an unknown energy source have found a “triad” of neurological, cognitive and emotional symptoms unlike the concussions previously reported by another group of physicians. [Source: ]

State plan seeks to help children get health insurance

The state Agency for Health Care Administration wants $16.3 million to help insure an additional 22,000 children in the Florida Healthy Kids program and lower the costs for some children already in the program, according to a legislative budget request. More from and the Tampa Bay Times.

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