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Learn the best research-based outreach strategies to help children get health insurance through Florida’s KidCare program and obtain tools and materials for your enrollment activities in Marion, Sumter, Citrus, Hernando and Levy counties by joining us at the Nature Coast KidCare Train-the-Trainer Event.

This free event includes:

♦ Navigating through Florida KidCare
♦ Health Care Provider Outreach
♦ Business and Civic Outreach
♦ Identifying Community Ambassadors
♦ Individuals who are directly responsible for conducting Florida KidCare outreach and for training others to conduct outreach should attend.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, […]

April 30, 2015

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Empower and educate young women about breast cancer

About 11% of new breast cancer cases in the U.S. affect women under the age of 45, but many young women may not realize they are at risk for this disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is looking for women to share their stories about hereditary breast cancer, breast cancer risk, exploring their family history of cancer, and breast health for their new campaign, Bring Your Brave.

Please respond no later than May 15, 2015, if you […]

April 29, 2015

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On April 23, the Nature Coast KidCare Coalition will hold its first meeting, where KidCare experts and stakeholders will share their ideas and knowledge. The Nature Coast KidCare Coalition is a new group formed to discuss and improve outreach and enrollment for the Florida KidCare Program in Marion, Sumter, Citrus, Hernando and Levy counties.

Anyone who is involved or interested in children’s health in the counties mentioned is welcome and encouraged to attend. The meeting will take place at the County Sherriff’s Department EO Center, located […]

April 15, 2015

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A Stronger Medicare Program

Making prescription drugs affordable for seniors: In Florida, people with Medicare have saved nearly $979,196,447 on prescription drugs because of the Affordable Care Act.  In 2014 alone, 346,126 individuals in Florida saved over $306,016,285, or an average of $884 per beneficiary.  In 2015, people with Medicare in the “donut hole” received a 55 percent discount on covered brand name drugs and a 35 percent discount on generic drugs. And thanks to the health care law, coverage for both brand name and generic […]

March 31, 2015

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Better Health

Providing better value for your premium dollar through the 80/20 Rule: Health insurance companies now have to spend at least 80 cents of your premium dollar on health care or improvements to care, rather than administrative costs like salaries or marketing, or they have to provide you a refund.  This means that 981,273 Floridians with private insurance coverage benefited from $41,679,928 in refunds from insurance companies, for an average refund of $65 per family because of the Affordable Care Act.

Scrutinizing unreasonable premium increases: In […]

March 30, 2015

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Better Value

Providing better value for your premium dollar through the 80/20 Rule: Health insurance companies now have to spend at least 80 cents of your premium dollar on health care or improvements to care, rather than administrative costs like salaries or marketing, or they have to provide you a refund.  This means that 981,273 Floridians with private insurance coverage benefited from $41,679,928 in refunds from insurance companies, for an average refund of $65 per family because of the Affordable Care Act.

Scrutinizing unreasonable premium increases: In […]

March 27, 2015

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Better Options

Making health care more affordable and accessible through the Health Insurance Marketplaces:  Through the Marketplace, Floridians had the option of signing up for quality health coverage at a price they could afford. Whether they visited the simpler, faster and more intuitive website at HealthCare.gov or contacted the call center, they found more choices and competitive prices.

In Florida, 1,596,296 consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in quality, affordable health insurance coverage through the Marketplace as of Feb. 22.  Nationwide, nearly 11.7 million consumers selected […]

March 26, 2015

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Consumers who had to pay a penalty for not having health coverage in 2014 and still haven’t signed up this year have one more opportunity to enroll in health care coverage for 2015. Consumers can visit Healthcare.gov from March 15 to April 30 to sign up for health insurance and explore their financial assistance options. Navigators are available to help consumers enroll during this special enrollment period – consumers can visit http://ncfnavigators.org for a calendar of Navigator events or contact the Navigator dedicated to […]

March 17, 2015

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Central Healthy Start Coalition and Healthy Start of North Central Florida Coalition have released their annual reports for 2014. Both coalitions offer care coordination, and support and education in childbirth, parenting, tobacco cessation and women’s health. The coalitions serve areas that are largely rural with low population density and with a level of income that is lower compared to the rest of the state. Both reports provide data on the number of pregnant women screened and served by Healthy Start in North Central and Central […]

February 16, 2015

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Suwannee River AHEC is proud to present its 7th Annual Rural Tobacco Summit. Scheduled for April 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the summit will focus on reducing nicotine addiction through a clinical and community approach. All healthcare professionals, community educators and tobacco specialists are invited. A free lunch will be served.

Many individuals are well aware of the need to quit the consumption of tobacco products, but without support and/or guidance this task can be daunting. The summit will highlight this issue and more, including […]

February 16, 2015

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