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Health care experts say federal and state Medicaid officials should widen access to prescription drugs that could cure tens of thousands of people with hepatitis C. [New York Times]

A push for wider access to costly hepatitis C drugs

WASHINGTON — Federal and state Medicaid officials should widen access to prescription drugs that could cure tens of thousands of people with hepatitis C, including medications that can cost up to $1,000 a pill, health care experts have told the White House. The experts, from the Public Health Service and President  …

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Premiums for Obamacare to rise 9.5 percent overall in Florida

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More locations, shorter waits put freestanding ERs in competition with hospitals

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  1. Families slammed by steep rate hikes in the Healthy Kids plan can seek refuge in Obamacare

    Health

    Jim Fike was among the thousands of Floridans who feared their families would be stuck with a Florida Healthy Kids insurance plan — even though the rates will double come Oct. 1.

    But this week brought some good news.

  2. Florida gives 7.7 percent rate increase to Medicaid insurers

    Health

    State health officials have approved a 7.7 percent rate increase for the private health plans covering Florida's poorest residents.

  3. Premiums for Obamacare to rise 9.5 percent overall in Florida

    Health

    Floridians who purchase individual health insurance plans under Obamacare will see their premiums rise by an average of 9.5 percent next year, the state Office of Insurance Regulation said Wednesday.

  4. A push for wider access to costly hepatitis C drugs

    Health

    WASHINGTON — Federal and state Medicaid officials should widen access to prescription drugs that could cure tens of thousands of people with hepatitis C, including medications that can cost up to $1,000 a pill, health care experts have told the White House.

    Health care experts say federal and state Medicaid officials should widen access to prescription drugs that could cure tens of thousands of people with hepatitis C. [New York Times]
  5. More locations, shorter waits put freestanding ERs in competition with hospitals

    Medicine

    CITRUS PARK — With its ambulance bay, clinical laboratory and sleek CT scanner, the new 24-hour medical facility near the Westfield Citrus Park Mall has the look and feel of a hospital.

    The Citrus Park ER has the goal of getting patients in and out within 90 minutes. Some economists say these ERs may have a long-term effect of threatening hospitals by leaving a larger share of uninsured patients for traditional rooms.
  6. State expands program to audit hospitals, citing concerns about Medicaid fraud

    Health

    Another 100 Florida hospitals — 17 of which are in the Tampa Bay area — will be audited by the state to determine whether they're receiving more in Medicaid payments than legally allowed, Gov. Rick Scott said Monday.

  7. Flakka, new killer drug, is spreading across the country (w/video)

    Nation

    It's a new drug. And it's a killer.

    Known on the street as "flakka," the synthetic concoction is hitting hard in Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and other parts of the country. It's causing a rash of emergency room visits and overdose deaths.

    Flakka is thought responsible for the South Florida case of a man who gnawed at another man’s face.
  8. Second cancers are on the rise; 1 in 5 U.S. cases is a repeat

    Health

    Second cancers are on the rise. Nearly 1 in 5 new cases in the U.S. now involves someone who has had the disease before.

    Nurse Caitlin Fanning, left, inserts an IV for Judith Bernstein's chemotherapy at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia earlier this month. Bernstein has had eight different types of cancer over the last two decades, all treated successfully. [AP photo]
  9. Put on your dancing shoes and find your exercise groove

    Health

    Want to get your exercise fix without feeling like you are exercising?

    Sheila McLaughlin does a courtesy lunge. For Sally Anderson's monthly Step by Step column for LifeTimes.
  10. Slowing down could be toughest part of Jimmy Carter's cancer fight

    Nation

    PLAINS, Ga. — In theory, it's not the restful weekend one would expect of a 90-year-old who has just started cancer treatment.

    Former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School class at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown Sunday in Plains, Ga. [Associated Press]