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The enrollment period has started and there are new options to consider. Seniors have until Dec. 7 to choose.
The enrollment period has started and there are new options to consider. Seniors have until Dec. 7 to choose.
Primary immunizations were associated with up to 680,000 fewer COVID hospitalizations.
Primary immunizations were associated with up to 680,000 fewer COVID hospitalizations.
Many don’t realize help is available and some financial assistance programs are underused.
Many don’t realize help is available and some financial assistance programs are underused.
Social Security’s cost of living adjustment, otherwise known as the COLA, for 2023 will be 8.7%
Social Security’s cost of living adjustment, otherwise known as the COLA, for 2023 will be 8.7%

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You can shop at this US government site for drug plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage Plans.
You can shop at this US government site for drug plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage Plans.

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  1. Jae Cancel sits at the window inside a Tallahassee transgender safe house. The safe house was launched in December 2022 by local nonprofit Capital Tea, a group that focuses on transgender outreach. Experts say safe houses are essential to combating disparities as transgender people disproportionately suffer homelessness and other barriers.
  2. Since it was installed in January, the Safe Haven Baby Box at a fire station in Madison, Ala., has received a surrendered infant on two occasions.
  3. The District Six Medical Examiner serving Pinellas and Pasco counties is headquartered in the Forensic Science Center, 10900 Ulmerton Road, in Largo.
  4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention generally recommends all children get two doses of the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine, at least 28 days apart, with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at ages 4 through 6.
  5. Dr. Shyam Varadarajulu, president of Orlando Health Digestive Health Institute, demonstrates endoscopic ultrasound technology, on Wednesday.
  6. U.S. regulators have warned people not to consume tianeptine products, including Neptune’s Fix. The substance is prescribed as an antidepressant in some European, Asian and Latin American countries.
  7. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, wants congressional lawmakers to probe kratom, a virtually unregulated substance that is widely available across Florida, including at smoke shops and gas stations.
  8. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., leaves the chamber after the Republican-controlled House voted along party lines to censure Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 21, 2023.
  9. The Lowell Correctional Institution, a women's prison in unincorporated Marion County, is shown in this drone photo. Inmates at the facility say they weren't told about potential chemicals in the ground water and grievances filed to get bottled water or filtration systems were denied.
  10. Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo before a bill signing by Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2021. Ladapo is drawing criticism for his handling of an elementary school's measles outbreak, telling parents of unvaccinated children it is their choice whether their student attends class — a direct contravention of federal guidelines.
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