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Intersection: The Recent Changes To The Affordable Care Act


It’s been a rough ride for the Affordable Care Act this year. Attempts by the GOP led congress to repeal and replace Obamacare have failed but there have been changes, and premiums are going up. So what does that mean for consumers looking to buy health insurance with open enrollment around the corner?
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Intersection: The Battle Over Health Insurance; Big Spending In Political Campaigns


The Republican quest to repeal and replace Obamacare didn’t get the votes it needed. So where does the debate over health insurance go from here, and what does it mean for the 1.7 million Floridians signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act? Political analysts Dick Batchelor & Chris Carmody take the pulse on the health insurance battle in Florida and talk about big spending campaigns from the Governor’s mansion to Capitol Hill.
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Contraception Concerns with Uncertain Future of ACA


One of the first things University of Central Florida student Jillian James did after Donald Trump secured the presidency was schedule an appointment with the women’s clinic on campus. She says she wants to get an intrauterine device, also known as an IUD, a long-acting reversible birth control method that lasts for years and could endure past the Republican’s first term. And James is not alone, since the election, in news reports and on social media, women are talking about getting long-acting birth control before the new president is sworn in this January. Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, an affiliate that covers 22 counties in the state, has seen at least three times more IUD requests than usual …
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What Happens When Marriage Makes Health Insurance Unaffordable


It’s open enrollment season for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. But not everybody who wants to buy insurance is finding it affordable—even when an employer offers health coverage to the whole family. Florida Health News reporter Sammy Mack spoke with one woman who’s stuck in what’s known as “the family glitch”
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