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WUSF’s Carol Gentry retiring from Health News Florida

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Culminating a multi-decade career covering the complex topic of health care, Carol Gentry is retiring from WUSF Public Media’s Health News Florida. 

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Personnel note: WUSF Public Media names Mary Shedden as News Director

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WUSF Public Media named Health Editor Mary Shedden as News Director. With more than two decades of reporting experience, Shedden has been at WUSF in Tampa since 2013. She has recently been editor of Health News Florida, which provides public radio and online health news. Health News Florida, with reporters in Orlando, Miami, Tampa, and St. Petersburg, covers state and local health policy and issues. WUSF produces such programs as “Florida Matters,” and broadcasts NPR shows like “Morning Edition” and “All…

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The week that was in Florida politics – March 13

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I was all prepared to begin this week’s column telling you how cool and smooth I think John Armstrong is. I’ve taken some shots at the Secretary of Health over his handling of developing rules to implement the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. The process places us in an adversarial relationship and the Scott administration communication strategy makes it a heated one. My Buckeye education though mandates acknowledgement of a skilled player at work. Seriously, Pittsburgh Pirates icons decorate…

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Struggling state-sponsored health insurance program is being managed by Tallahassee lobbyist

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Interesting report from Christine Jordan Sexton: A struggling state-sponsored health insurance program is being managed by Tallahassee lobbyist and political operative Lauren McCarthy, who receives $5,000 a month for part-time work. Meanwhile, state records still list her as representing private clients with ties to the health-care industry. Florida Health Choices, planned as an insurance exchange for people seeking non-traditional, inexpensive benefits, hired McCarthy in late July to work for up to five months getting the organization set up. McCarthy isn’t…

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