For the past three years, the state Agency for Healthcare Administration has been building a system providers can use to share electronic health records. Now, the state system, called the Health Information Exchange, has linked up with a national group to allow Florida physicians to share documents across stat lines and with federal and non-federal agencies.
Florida insurance officials expect the cost of health insurance plans sold on a federal exchange to increase by an average of 13 percent next year. But not everyone agrees price hikes will be that steep and critics are questioning the state’s methods for calculating the increases.
The state’s estimated 13.2 percent health insurance rate increase is receiving pushback from Affordable Care Act advocates, who say it’s another example of the state’s resistance to the federal health law.
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.
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.
For the past two years, Florida’s top state lawmakers have opposed expanding the Medicaid program for low-income people under the federal health law. The state has rejected more than $51 billion under the federal Affordable Care Act to increase income eligibility limits and add more people to the rolls. Now one of the state’s most powerful physician groups, the Florida Medical Association is backing a Medicaid Expansion, but it may not be enough to change state lawmakers' anti-ACA stance.