One of the nation’s biggest health insurance companies is gearing up to offer health plans on Florida’s federally-run marketplace.
United Health Care officials said last year they were waiting to see how the Affordable Care Act would play out before deciding whether to offer plans on the federally-run exchange which Floridians use to sign up for plans. Now, United Spokeswoman Elizabeth Calzadilla-Fiallo says the company is preparing to offer its insurance products for purchase when open enrollment resumes next year.
“We always made it clear...that come 2015 we’d be looking at a greater participation once we had a full understanding of the benefits and particulars, and we’re making good on that promise," she says.
United is one of three new entrants to the Florida market. Most current insurers have announced rate increases for next year. Only three say they are planning to lower rates.