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CentralHealthy Start and Healthy Start of North Central Florida have released the winter 2015 issue of A Healthy Start. Readers can expect to learn valuable information on topics such as prenatal care, the magical hour and the top 10 things every pregnant woman should know. Designed for pregnant women and mothers of children up to three years old, the bulletins are published twice a year by WellFlorida Council and Healthy Start. Bulletins will be distributed to pediatricians, hospitals and clinics across 16 counties. PDF versions can be downloaded […]

February 4, 2015

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Open enrollment for insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ends Feb. 15. When Open Enrollment is closed, those wishing to enroll can only do so if they experience a life-changing event, such as having a baby or moving to a new state. Most individuals are required to have health insurance or pay a penalty, which in 2015 will be 2% of household income or $325 per adult and $162.50 per child.The next Open Enrollment period begins Oct. 15, 2015.

Navigators are […]

February 4, 2015

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Heritage Publishing, Inc. has released its North Central Florida Healthcare Guide, a comprehensive directory that is an excellent source for health information. The guide contains a listing of physicians by specialty, area hospitals and ancillary healthcare providers and services in Alachua, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Marion, Putnam, Suwanee and Union Counties.

The guide also intends to inform and empower by exploring how technology is being utilized in medicine through telehealth – the use of healthcare services and information through telecommunication and technology. Other featured articles include information […]

Healthy Start of North Central Florida is now offering a free parenting program in Alachua, Bradford and Putnam Counties. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program helps parents and caregivers:

• Learn about their child’s development
• Gain one-on-one parenting support
• Connect with other parents and resources
• Address developmental delays and/or health issues
• Access books and educational toys for their child

Also, parents can earn free rewards, such as diapers and wipes, by participating in the program.

The MIECHV program is based on successful […]

January 20, 2015

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The window to apply for 2015 coverage is quickly closing. Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace runs until Feb. 15. However, if consumers want a health plan beginning on Feb. 1, the deadline to enroll is Thursday. If you have questions about the Marketplace, want to review your coverage options, change your health insurance plan or apply for coverage for the first time, the Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators are here to help. WellFlorida Council has multiple Navigators available to provide free, unbiased assistance to guide […]

January 13, 2015

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Affordable Health Care Act Information Week comes to Santa Fe College Jan. 26-29 with healthcare.gov approved Navigators on hand in Building S and Building P breezeways to answer your questions, price policies and help students, faculty and staff enroll in health care plans before the Feb. 15 open enrollment deadline.  At 2 p.m. Thursday, January 29, join health law expert Charles Koval and Navigator Lauren Vagelakos for their presentation, “The Affordable Health Care Act: What College Students Need to Know” in S29.

January 13, 2015

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The Florida Department of Health, Division of Community Health Promotion, WellFlorida Council and Big Bend Health Planning Council  hosted a Q&A session for potential DSME mini-grant applicants on Wednesday, January 21 from 11:00 – 12:00. Read the questions and answers presented in the conference call.

The Florida Department of Health is partnering with WellFlorida to manage mini-grant distribution and provide technical assistance and expert mentoring services to diabetes self-management education programs (DSME) in Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Union, Bradford, Putnam […]

January 12, 2015

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The Navigators program was created to help individuals and families in North Central Florida get healthcare through the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Too often, however, those seeking assistance do not qualify for discounts or tax credits through the Marketplace, nor do they qualify for Medicaid.

These low-income Floridians fall into the coverage gap, and the Navigators needed a resource to break their fall.

WellFlorida Council has recently published the Safety Net Healthcare Providers Directory, a comprehensive listing of free and low-cost healthcare providers in North Central Florida.

“With […]

December 15, 2014

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The Florida Department of Health is partnering with WellFlorida to manage mini-grant distribution and provide technical assistance and expert mentoring services to diabetes self-management education programs (DSME) in Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Union, Bradford, Putnam and Lake Counties.

Requirements for the mini-grant:
Category A: Unaccredited/unrecognized DSME programs which receive a mini-grant through this funding will be required to prepare their program for accreditation (American Association of Diabetes Educators-AADE) or recognition (American Diabetes Association-ADA), undergo a site visit/mock audit by an experienced DSME program auditor, […]

December 9, 2014

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Give yourself and your family the gift of good health!
December 13th, 2014
10am – 3pm
Martin Luther King Center
1028 NE 14th St
Gainesville, FL 32601

Navigators and insurance agents will be available to help people check out their options  and sign up for affordable, quality healthcare through the Healthcare.gov marketplace. The deadline for health insurance coverage that starts on January 1st, 2015 is December 15th. Open enrollment for 2015 ends on February 15th.

Get financial security and peace of mind knowing that you’ll have access to healthcare. […]

December 8, 2014

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