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AHCA Secretary and FALA CEO Visit LabFlorida

On July 1, 2014 we had the honor of giving a tour of LabFlorida to AHCA Secretary Elizabeth Dudek and the CEO of Florida Assisted Living Association Shaddrick A. Haston, Esq.

From left to right: Shaddrick Haston, CEO of FALA; Andrei Leonov, President/CEO of LabFlorida; Elizabeth Dudek, AHCA Secretary; and Roberto Rodriguez, VP Operations and Marketing of LabFlorida.

LabFlorida is a leading provider of diagnostic laboratory services to ALFs and home health agencies in Tampa Bay and Central Florida. As an active FALA member we are committed to enhancing the quality of healthcare for ALF residents and our patients by… Continue reading

2014 Deadlines for Doctors

The new year brings new deadlines, mandated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Affordable Care Act, physicians must meet to qualify for incentives, avoid penalties, and provide care for their patients. From quality of care and use of new technologies to new coding and billing requirements, here is a list of dates doctors need to know in 2014.

Florida to Lose $5 Billion From Not Expanding Medicaid

The 20 states that did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act help pay for the expanded Medicaid program in other states. This is the conclusion from a study completed by Sherry Glied and Stephanie Ma of New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service who calculated the net cost to taxpayers in states turning down the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Virginia are the biggest losers because they are forgoing billions of dollars in federal funds, while residents in their states are contributing to the cost of the expansions in other states.

Federal funds that… Continue reading

Obamacare and Medicare

Obamacare-MedicareObamacare and You: If You Have Medicare…

If you have Medicare, you will not have to make any changes to your health insurance coverage as a result of Obamacare.  You can continue to rely on Medicare to help pay your hospital, physician and other medical expenses.

You will still have the option to choose between traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan (such as a Medicare HMO) offered in your area, and among Medicare prescription drug plans.  If you are on Medicare, and low income, you may also qualify for extra help with premiums and cost sharing.… Continue reading

FAQs and Explainers Help Consumers Understand Obamacare

Obamacare=ACA or does it?Many Floridians are now looking for information about what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will mean for them.

Here is an expanded list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help consumers better understand the ACA, also known as Obamacare. Through more than 150 questions and answers, the collection provides guidance to consumers about the law and how it applies to people in different circumstances. The questions address such topics as “Who is eligible for Marketplace premium tax credits?” and “What is a grandfathered plan? How do I know if I have one?”

You can also read “Obamacare & You” one-page… Continue reading

Premium and Tax Subsidy Calculator

LabFlorida has published The Kaiser Family Foundation’s health insurance calculator to provide estimates of the insurance premiums and tax subsidies available for people who want to buy health coverage through the new state health insurance marketplaces.

By entering their ZIP code, income, age, family size and other factors into the calculator, consumers can get estimates of the tax subsidies and insurance premiums available to them if they were to purchase insurance through the marketplaces, or exchanges, beginning on October 1, 2013.

Use the Calculator now