Health & Science

A map representing the 13 regions for Medicaid Managed Care
Agency For Healthcare Administration

Florida’s plan to privatize the state’s Medicaid program for low-income residents, was billed as a cost saver. And last year, Florida healthcare officials started steering people out of the old fee-for-service model, and into private health plans.  Now the insurance companies say they’re running more than $500 million in the red.

LHatter / WFSU News

Update 7/24/15:   More information on Florida rates under the Affordable Care Act. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation hasn't released information on more than 12 other health insurers. According to its website, "displayed rate changes may not fully reflect increases and decreases due to claims of trade secret." There are several companies that have posted requests but they are blocked. OIR handles all proposals, but those over 10 percent are posted to CMS. The state has blocked the requests from insurers who have requested rate increases under 10 percent of which several are pending.

Leon County's "Molar Express" dental clinic is one of several in eight counties that will once again serve foster care children.
Leon County Health Department

The Florida Department of Health has closed a loophole in the state’s healthcare programs for low income families. The Department has made a deal to provide dental services to foster care children in eight counties.

Janet Applefield of Clearwater, Fl. Applefield has had trouble getting her prescriptions processed due to step therapy regulations.
Janet Applefield

As more people gain insurance under the Affordable Care Act, they’ve been running into problems with medications and finding doctors. Now an old practice--one put in place to address the rising cost of medications, is becoming increasingly burdensome for doctors, patients and pharmacists.

Infographic via Kaiser Health News/Kaiser Family Foundation shows what type of insurance exchange is used by each state.
Kaiser Family Foundation

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans in 34 states, are legal. And if the high court says they aren’t, 1.3 million Floridians could lose their health insurance, or end up paying far more for it.