Florida Blue

Florida Blue is introducing hybrid plans into Florida’s Affordable Care Act marketplace. They  could give consumers both more and fewer choices in providers.

Florida consumers who purchased federally-subsidized insurance plans through Florida Blue could see a rate increase next year. The state’s largest health insurer says fewer than expected young people and an influx of older, sicker residents is driving up costs.

Florida Blue is increasing the cost of health plans it sells on federal insurance exchanges by nearly 18 percent -- rate hike the company told Kaiser Health News, was “typical” for in the individual market.

Now that thousands of Floridians have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act—they’re awaiting their insurance cards. But one of the largest insurers in the state, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, has been slow in making those deliveries.

Florida Blue officials say they’ve added more staff to work on applications and extended service hours in their retail location and call centers to help customers with their insurance questions.

Capital Health Plan

There’s more than one insurance company in North Florida, but you wouldn’t know it just by looking at the federal government’s health insurance exchange website.

Many Floridians are now finally able to log on to healthcare.gov after weeks of delays due to problems with the site. They’re finding that in North Florida there are nearly 30 plans available, however, “they’re all, unfortunately, all versions of Blue Cross, Blue Shield, and that’s fairly alarming that there is no competition," says Donna Gillette.