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Florida Matters tackles tough issues, highlights little-known stories from our part of the world, and provides a greater perspective of what it means to live in the Sunshine State. Join us each week as we journey across the state to explore the issues important to Floridians and cover the challenges facing our community and our state.

 

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This Week on Radio

It's the second year of enrollment for health insurance plans under the federal health law on HealthCare.gov, the website that Floridians, and people in dozens of other states, use to shop for health insurance.

As of Dec. 15, we have passed a key deadline, the deadline to buy a plan to have coverage that starts Jan. 1. But open enrollment runs through Feb. 15, 2015, and we have gathered a panel to talk about what consumers be doing now if they still need to get health insurance coverage to comply with the federal health law known as Obamacare.

Our panel includes Mary Shedden, the editor of Health News Florida at WUSF, and Jodi Ray, the project director for Florida Covering Kids & Families at USF. Ray's navigator team can be reached by phone at (813) 803-0628.

 

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Florida Matters: Year 2 of Enrollment on HealthCare.gov (December 16, 2014)
 

It's the second year of enrollment for health insurance plans under the federal health law on HealthCare.gov, the website that Floridians, and people in dozens of other states, use to shop for health insurance.

As of Dec. 15, we have...

 
Florida Matters: Seeing Tampa Bay Like A Tourist Part II (December 9, 2014)
 

From getting up close to alligators to ice skating under palm trees and exploring museums, we are being tourists around Tampa Bay. We visit Circle B Reserve in Lakeland, explore the city of Dunedin, visit The Ringling in Sarasota, go ice skating...

 
Florida Matters: Daughters for Life Scholars (December 2, 2014)
 

This fall, New College of Florida welcomed its inaugural class of Daughters for Life Scholars. The five women from Middle Eastern countries were given full scholarships from the Daughters for Life Foundation, which was created by a doctor in...

 
Florida Matters: Food Traditions (November 25, 2014)
 

During this Thanksgiving week, we're taking a look at food, family and traditions. From passing on the recipe for French Canadian meat pie, to making the perfect rice and meeting the bakers who make award-winning pies in Lakeland, our reporters...

 
Florida Matters: Veterans Coming Home (November 18, 2014)
 

The transition from military service to civilian life can be full of challenges. As part of our Veterans Coming Home project -- made possible in part by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- we gathered a panel to talk about...

 
Florida Matters: Election 2014 Results, Look Ahead to 2016 (November 12, 2014)
 

Now that we know who won during the 2014 midterm elections, we're looking ahead to 2016. We talk to University of South Florida political science professor Dr. Susan MacManus, and political reporter William March, about who is expected to run in...

 
 

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Carson Cooper, Host

Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the host of "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has...

 

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