Florida Health Choices program to launch July 2012

Florida legislators are looking to launch a new health care plan for small businesses in July 2012. The Florida Health Choices program, which was first built by lawmakers in 2008, aims to bring affordable health care policies to small businesses as an alternative to those offered by private insurance companies. The program has been in the development phase for several years partly because legislators want to make certain the program is being built correctly.  The Florida Health Choices board says that the program is as ready as it will ever…

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Health insurance forum coming to Florida, aims to advise small business owners on health care

Health insurance has been a hot issue for some time, even before the passing of the federal health care reform law. The insurance industry has been rife with controversy for years, much of which is focused around the issue of soaring premiums. While rate increases are not anything new, health insurers have been quick to raise rates on their coverage in recent years. The cause of the rate hikes is most often cited as being a way to mitigate the overwhelming cost of medical care. Whatever the case may be,…

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A federal report reveals that private insurers are indebted to the Florida government

The state of Florida stands to receive a large sum of money in reimbursement after several private health insurers overstated how much they had spent on patient care. The insurers, who participate in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, owe state health officials $3.1 million, according to a new federal report from the Department of Health and Human Services. In accordance with the health care reform of last year, insurers are required to spend no less than 85% of the money they collect from premiums on medical services. Any shortfalls…

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