Abe Aboraya

Health News Florida reporter Abe Aboraya works for WMFE in Orlando. He started writing for newspapers in high school. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he spent a year traveling and working as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Weekly, and working for local news websites in the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently Abe worked as a reporter for the Orlando Business Journal. He comes from a family of health care workers.

Contact Abe at 407-273-2300 x 183 on Twitter @AbeAboraya or by email

A bill to expand workers’ compensation coverage to first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder is getting a hearing Tuesday in Tallahassee. The Senate’s banking and insurance committee will take up one of two bills filed. Florida first responders can get medical benefits for PTSD but aren’t eligible for other benefits like lost wages.

Regina Hill said she will press charges against an Orlando firefighter who lost his job after recording the city commissioner during an emergency.


An Orlando fire fighter is hitting back after being fired last week.


Hospitals and health departments could have a new tool in 2018 to detect Zika – a test that is cheap, portable and fast.

Nearly one half of the U.S. population will meet the diagnosis of high blood pressure under new guidelines revised this week.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities must have a generator that can run the air conditioning starting Tuesday. If not, they risk a $1,000 dollar a day fine.

The Orange County Commission will vote Tuesday on whether to ban medical marijuana treatment centers in unincorporated parts of the county.

Next week, the federal government will be able to fine – and possibly shut down – nearly all health care facilities that aren’t ready for a disaster.

Orange County leaders will meet Tuesday to discuss banning medical marijuana retail centers.


Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, begins in less than a week.

A bill expanding workers’ compensation coverage to first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder has been filed for the 2018 Legislative session.

An Ormond Beach hospital will remain closed for the foreseeable future.


Companies offering insurance on Florida’s health care marketplace are increasing individual premiums by $208 dollars a month on average next year.

The federal government is expanding the length of the open enrollment period for Medicare and Obamacare health insurance policies in Florida and other states impacted by disaster.

Orlando Health officials have done six presentations in Las Vegas in the last year about how to respond to a mass shooting — including an emergency room doctor giving an educational presentation to University Medical Center Las Vegas.

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