Thursday, November 15, 2018

Health

Medicare opens enrollment for 2019 with insurers focused on keeping you out of the hospital

Medicare opens enrollment for 2019 with insurers focused on keeping you out of the hospital

The annual Medicare open enrollment period kicks off today, and the news is generally good for nearly 4.4 million Floridians who rely on the program. Premiums are expected to stay roughly the same in 2019, and many plans are offering expanded perks a...
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Nurses at HCA hospitals reach contract agreement

Nurses at HCA hospitals reach contract agreement

Registered nurses from 15 hospitals in Florida owned by the national chain, Hospital Corporation of America, have reached tentative agreements on union contract negotiations. Nurses across Florida and several other states have been picketing, and rec...
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Medicare can be complicated, but one-on-one help is available

Medicare can be complicated, but one-on-one help is available

If you need additional help getting a handle on Medicare (open enrollment runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7), you may want to contact a state program called SHINE, or Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders. The organization is offering information sessio...
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Tampa joins growing wave of legal actions against makers and distributors of opioids

Tampa joins growing wave of legal actions against makers and distributors of opioids

TAMPA —Tampa is the latest bay area government to take legal action against opioid manufacturers and distributors, charging they knowingly marketed and sold dangerous painkillers like Oxycontin, Percocet and Dilaudid."As shown below, all defendants c...
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To compare Medicare options, get help from the online Plan Finder

To compare Medicare options, get help from the online Plan Finder

The best way to choose your Medicare coverage is by consulting Medicare’s online Plan Finder, which estimates out-of-pocket costs based on the specific drugs you take, grades plans by performance and allows you to explore possible pharmacies in your ...
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Breast cancer awareness: From mammograms (2-D and 3-D) and MRIs to risk factors, here’s what you should know

Breast cancer awareness: From mammograms (2-D and 3-D) and MRIs to risk factors, here’s what you should know

Jenna Johnson expects to reach a major milestone next month: five years cancer free following a diagnosis of breast cancer.The now 56-year-old executive assistant and office manager was diagnosed in November 2013, after reporting a few months late fo...
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For many millennials, reliance on the family doctor is fading away

For many millennials, reliance on the family doctor is fading away

Calvin Brown doesn’t have a primary care doctor — and the peripatetic 23-year-old doesn’t want one.Since his graduation last year from the University of San Diego, Brown has held a series of jobs that have taken him to several California cities. "As ...
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How one artist’s heart, stilled by a fatal blow, saved another one’s life

How one artist’s heart, stilled by a fatal blow, saved another one’s life

TAMPA — The sound was faint at first, but adjusting the stethoscope helped Erika Callahan detect the thumping of a familiar heart.Closing her eyes, Callahan pretended that the sound also was coming from the same chest where she had laid her head coun...
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HPV vaccine expanded for people ages 27 to 45

HPV vaccine expanded for people ages 27 to 45

The HPV vaccine, which prevents cervical cancer and other malignancies, is now approved for men and women from 27 to 45-years-old, the Food and Drug Administration said on Friday.The vaccine is Gardasil 9, made by Merck, and had been previously appro...
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When hospice patients die, their unused opioids can be stolen. A new bill aims to stop that.

When hospice patients die, their unused opioids can be stolen. A new bill aims to stop that.

Hospice workers would be allowed to destroy patients’ unneeded opioids, reducing the risk that families misuse them, according to one little-noticed provision in the bipartisan opioids bill headed to President Donald Trump’s desk for his likely signa...
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