Obamacare Scam

According to an article in the Herald Tribune, there's an ongoing consumer scam involving the new health care laws just passed by Congress.  Telemarketers are calling and using fax notices to send potential victims quotes for low-cost health care.  If you receive a phone call, you are urged to check out the business with the Better Business Bureau.  To see the effects of the new health care legislation on your local area, click here and choose the U.S. House Representative that represents your area.   In Pasco County, the US House Representatives are C. W. Bill Young (FL-10) and Gus M. Bilirakis (FL-9).  To read the original Herald Tribune article, click here.

Florida Cancer Trials

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with Cancer?  According to statistics available from the CDC below, these are the most common types of cancer in both men and women as of 2006.  More information here.
The Florida Cancer Trails site has a list of cancer trial treatments.  You can search by type of cancer, location, and age to find a trial near you.  To get more information, you can call 1-800-584-9976 or visit their site, http://www.floridacancertrials.com/en/default.asp.

Featured Condtion/Disease: Human Papillomavirus

Starting today, we will be posting a featured childhood/infant disease or condition informational post every other Friday.  Today's topic is Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

General Information

There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it. HPV is not the same as herpes or HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). These are all viruses that can be passed on during sex, but they cause different symptoms and health problems.

HPV Prevention
Vaccines can protect males and females against some of the most common types of HPV. These vaccines are given in three shots. It is important to get all three doses to get the best protection. The vaccines are most effective when given before a person's first sexual contact, when he or she could be exposed to HPV.
  • Girls and women: Two vaccines (Cervarix and Gardasil) are available to protect females against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers. One of these vaccines (Gardasil) also protects against most genital warts. Both vaccines are recommended for 11 and 12 year-old girls, and for females 13 through 26 years of age, who did not get any or all of the shots when they were younger. These vaccines can also be given to girls as young as 9 years of age. It is recommended that females get the same vaccine brand for all three doses, whenever possible.
  • Boys and men: One available vaccine (Gardasil) protects males against most genital warts. This vaccine is available for boys and men, 9 through 26 years of age. 
More Information
    To read about more Human Papillomavirus (HPV), visit the CDC site here.

    *Most of the information provided here is from the CDC site, click here to visit their site.

    Florida Healthy Kids - Providers/Benefits Information

    Do you currently have children on Florida Healthy Kids or are you thinking about applying for Florida Healthy Kids and are wondering about Coverage?  We may be able to help you.  We have a general list of medical and dental procedures and associated co-pays that are covered by Florida Healthy Kids.

    Medical Procedures are here.
    Dental Procedures are here.

    If you're looking for health care plans associated with Florida Healthy Kids, we have found a list here.

    If you're wondering about income eligibility for the Florida Healthy Kids program, click here.