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  1. Study shows Obamacare plans, and subsidies, rising in Tampa Bay area

    Health

    The prices of standard health plans on the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace are increasing next year by double-digit percentages in the Tampa Bay region.

  2. Veterans Affairs union rep seeks whistle-blower status after dismissal

    Veterans

    Kerrie Witty says the Department of Veterans Affairs does not tolerate retaliation or intimidation against employees who speak out about problems at the agency.

    Javier Soto, a former VA claims employee, last week filed a whistle-blower complaint against the VA with the Merit System Protections Board to win back the job he lost June 30 when Kerrie Witty, right, director of the VA's regional benefits office near Seminole, dismissed him. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  3. Oak Hill Hospital ready to get back into the baby business

    Health

    SPRING HILL — Expectant mothers in Hernando County will soon have a new alternative for delivering their babies.

  4. Romano: As Obamacare legal battle rages, remember the people it helps

    Health

    They say there are legacies on the line. A president's. A chief justice's. Even the reputations of a forgettable collection of congressional leaders might hang in the balance.

  5. Trauma fees growing across the nation at 'absurd' rate

    Health

    Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston runs one of America's most distinguished trauma centers, taking on thousands of severely injured patients every year.

  6. Great American Smokeout: Tips to quit smoking

    Health

    Thursday is the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, time to make a plan to quit.

  7. Early statin use may give long-term heart benefits

    Health

    CHICAGO — Taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward, and the benefits seem to grow over time, a landmark study finds. Doctors say it's the first evidence that early use of a statin can have a legacy effect, perhaps changing someone's odds …

  8. Mexican boy has massive tumor removed in U.S. (w/video)

    Health

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had been suffering from a massive tumor and drew international attention after U.S. officials helped him get treatment in New Mexico had the growth removed after a long surgery, a church said Tuesday.

    In this July 20, 2012, file photo, the father of a Ciudad Juarez-born boy suffering from a massive tumor who U.S. Homeland Security identified only as "Jose," examines his shoulder at the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho, N.M.  The 11-year-old Mexican boy, who had been suffering from the massive tumor and came to New Mexico for treatment, has had the growth removed. The boy underwent surgery Monday at the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital to remove the tumor from his neck, shoulder and torso area. [Associated Press]
  9. At USF visit, Obama official talks up health care law

    Health

    TAMPA — The Obama administration official overseeing the health insurance marketplaces said Monday that she's pleased with how the federal website is working so far and confident more than 9 million Americans will sign up for coverage by February.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, left, spoke Monday at the University of South Florida in Tampa. At rear is U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa.
  10. New research finds sexting is the 'new norm' for teens

    Health

    Texting and "sexting," sending sexually explicit messages via mobile phone, are firmly entrenched in the high school dating scene these days, but until now little solid data has existed on to what extent these social media connections have been misused to control, harass, threaten or stalk.