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Florida hospitals say they spent $1.5B in charity care

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Florida hospitals paid for $1.5 billion in health costs for uninsured and underinsured patients last year. The Florida Hospital Association released its annual report Wednesday, noting it provided inpatient care for 2.7 million people and treated 9.5 million patients in emergency rooms in 2014. Hospitals contributed a total of $4.2 billion in community benefits, including charity care. Hospitals also spent about $22.4 million to ensure they are prepared to for emergencies, including hurricanes or outbreaks such as Ebola. Florida hospitals…

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Rate of uninsured drops to 16.6 percent in Florida

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The rate of Floridians without health insurance dropped to 16.6 percent last year. Figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that represents a drop of 3.4 percentage points from a rate of 20 percent in 2013. Despite the drop, Florida still had the third highest rate of residents without health insurance. Only Texas and Alaska had higher rates. The national rate was 10.4 percent. Officials attribute the decrease in Florida and around the country to passage of the…

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Bill Day’s latest: Let the poor (and lawmakers) eat Medicaid cake

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Florida news flash: Gov. Rick Scott is a double flip-flopper. While that in itself may not be surprising to some, this time it is significant why he reversed course – Medicaid expansion for healthcare to nearly one million low-income and uninsured Floridians. Now, like Marie Antoinette, he tells the poor to “eat cake,” in Bill Day’s latest. That’s putting it nicely. Others see it as something else: Scott simply cannot be trusted to keep his word. He lied. And they…

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Florida ranks No. 2 in nation for rate of uninsured

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Florida ranks No. 2 in the nation in the rate of residents without health insurance, but that figure has declined since 2010. Figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday show that Florida had an uninsured rate of 24.3 percent in 2013. Only Texas had a higher rate at 24.8 percent. The lowest rate was 4.3 percent in Massachusetts. Despite the high ranking, Florida’s uninsured rate has declined since 2010 when it was 25.3 percent. Federal figures released last…

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