Insurance: Consumer Protections

Advocates Request Review of Florida’s Essential Health Benefits Package

More than two dozen organizations have sent a letter to Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty that will be a topic of discussion at a rare meeting of the Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board, the group appointed by the Commissioner to discuss issues related to the regulation of health insurance in the state. The request is that […]

Understanding Health Insurance Rate Filings…in Florida

Click here to download Greg Mellowe’s presentation on Health Insurance Rate filings in Florida.

Rate-Filing Season in the Marketplace: What You Need to Know

Get ready to hear even more over the next few months about the extent to which health insurance rates are supposedly rising under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Here’s a brief rundown of some of the realities with which you may want to be familiar as that conversation unfolds in Florida: Reports of widespread, massive […]

2014 Florida Legislature’s Health Care Legacy: Inaction, Irresponsibility

When the Florida Legislature adjourned its 2014 session earlier this month, the primary health care-related “accomplishment” it could claim was its decision to blatantly disregard Florida’s families, businesses and economy for purely political purposes. (Download PDF of  The 2014 Legislature’s Health Care Legacy: Inaction,  Irresponsibility  here) Sheer Force of Will Shuts Down Discussion and Blocks […]

Young graduate student needs access to health care

Menat applied to the Health Insurance Marketplace in December 2013. She was deemed ineligible for the Marketplace due to her low income, leaving any full-price plan unaffordable. Menat is a full-time graduate student studying speech language pathology at a large university in Florida. She has been uninsured for over two years and lost access to […]

Dual citizen plans to return to England after struggling with US healthcare system

Suzanne Clark is a dual citizen of the US and England. Until the last several years, she lived in New York, where she enjoyed employment that included health insurance. She had no idea that moving to Florida would make it such a struggle to obtain healthcare. She’s decided to move back to England and lives […]

Using Your New Insurance: The “Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You!”

The “Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You!” walks consumers through a step-by-step guide on what having health insurance means, how to use their card, and how to set up their first visit w/ a health care provider and what to expect at that visit, and how to keep up w/ regular health care […]

Son aged out of Medicaid, Mom left alone to deal with illnesses

Krista shared her story at a Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment event after she learned she was ineligible for coverage in the Marketplace because of her low income. Her illnesses prevent her from working routinely. “I’m 44 years old, I have a disability but haven’t gotten approved yet (SSDI). I’m going to court to work on […]

Florida Health Choices: Frequently Asked Questions (February 2014)

What is Florida Health Choices (FHC)? FHC is a website that individuals and eventually small businesses are supposed to be able to use to compare and buy health insurance as well as other products that are health care-related but are not health insurance. Is Florida Health Choices related to the Health Insurance Marketplace created by […]

Feds Extend Coverage For People In High-Risk Insurance Pools

HEALTH NEWS FLORIDA By MARY AGNES CAREY The tens of thousands of people with a history of serious illnesses who are enrolled in high-risk insurance pools created under the Affordable Care Act will have two more months before they lose that coverage, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday. The federal high-risk pools, […]