House v. Burwell Talking Points

We’re disappointed the court sided with House members whose sole aim through the lawsuit is to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the health insurance it provides to more than 20 million Americans. However, we expect the administration will appeal this ruling and win, preserving critical financial assistance that allows millions of Americans to access […]

With Health Policy Lemons, Florida Advocates Make Lemonade: Protecting Consumers From Unfair Surprise Medical Bills

Policy and Research Director Laura Brennaman, PhD, RN, guest blogged this week for Community Catalyst about CHAIN’s work to protect Floridians from surprise medical bills. Governor Scott last month signed HB 221 into law effectively ending balance billing for consumers. Take a read of Dr. Brennaman’s blog below. Despite political opposition to the Affordable Care Act at […]

Miami Herald: State Could Help More Sick, Poor, But Won’t

By The Miami Herald Editorial Board Miami-Dade County, in many respects, is a great place to live, but a new report reveals that for the poor and sick, it continues to be a harsh place where they can barely survive. On Wednesday, the Florida Community Health Action Information Network, will unveil its latest findings — and […]

Florida CHAIN Joins Advocates in Calling for Improvements to Managed Care Plan Network Adequacy Model Act

Florida CHAIN joined with national partners and advocates from states across the country this week to urge the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to revise their Managed Care Plan Network Adequacy Model Act to include strong consumer protections. Click here to read the letter. The Model Act is likely to be used as a […]

Op-Ed: Legislature Must Tackle Health Care This Session

By Kim Williams Imagine you own a restaurant and are forced to charge your customers less than what it costs to make their meals. Now, imagine that you must serve every single patron who walks through your doors, including those who are unable to cover the cost of their food. That is a difficult, and even […]

Poll: Over 60 Percent of Floridians Support Medicaid Expansion

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA — More than six out of 10 Florida voters support Florida policy makers expanding Medicaid to provide health care coverage for uninsured Floridians, according to a Public Policy Polling (PPP) statewide poll. In a survey of 814 voters (conducted September 11-13, 2015), 63 percent of respondents supported accepting billions of dollars in […]

Report: Rate of Uninsured Drops to 16.6 Percent in FL

By The Associated Press The rate of Floridians without health insurance dropped to 16.6 percent last year. Figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that represents a drop of 3.4 percentage points from a rate of 20 percent in 2013. Despite the drop, Florida still had the third highest rate of residents without health […]

Medicaid Projections Cloud Predicted Forecast

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida Despite a transition to managed care meant to tame huge increases in Medicaid spending, the health-care program for low-income Floridians still threatens to consume almost half of the state’s revenue growth, an economist told lawmakers Tuesday. Forecasters expect Medicaid to eat up 45.9 percent of the growth […]

As Healthy Kids Costs Increase, ACA Guarantees Access to Coverage for Florida Families

By Laura Brennaman, PhD, RN Notice of changes coming to Florida Healthy Kids’ full-pay option arrived in mailboxes last week. Premium rates are increasing between 47 and 95 percent. That’s a big financial impact on 36,000 working families in Florida. It is important to recognize what aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act […]

Florida Insurance Office Regulated Rates for 2016 Insurance Plans Through a Veil of “Trade Secrets”

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) announced on August 26, 2015, that health insurance premiums for Floridians who buy their individual health insurance plans will increase 9.5 percent on average beginning January 1, 2016. The increase in premiums for plans available on the health insurance marketplace are increasing by slightly less at 9.2 percent on a […]