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Rick Scott tries to lure ‘upset’ Connecticut firms

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Florida’s governor says there are “a lot of business people upset” in Connecticut and he’s hoping to persuade them to move to the Sunshine State. Republican Gov. Rick Scott met Monday with community and business leaders in Norwalk. He made a similar trip in 2015 to lure Connecticut business to Florida as part of an “economic development mission.” Scott’s visit comes as health insurer Aetna Inc. considers relocating its long-time headquarters from Hartford. Scott says he would “love every company…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.18.16 – The Affordable Care Act is getting less affordable

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There’s more news about the Affordable Care Act this week, and it ain’t that good. Aetna announced on Tuesday it would be pulling out of Florida and 10 other states next year, giving those on the government plan less options for choice here in the Sunshine State. There have always been problems with the ACA, and they’re starting to exacerbate. But the answer isn’t just to repeal it, like most congressional Republicans have invoked like a mantra for the past…

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Coalition launches petition to encourage Pam Bondi to investigate insurance mergers

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A coalition of consumer and physicians’ groups isn’t backing away from its request for an investigation into insurance mergers. The Florida Campaign for Consumer Choice on Friday launched a statewide petition drive to encourage Attorney General Pam Bondi to investigate the mergers of Aetna and Humana, and Anthem and Cigna. The petition effort is the latest in a series of calls to action by the organization. “We know that 88-percent of Floridians have expressed some levels of concern regarding the…

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Geraldine Thompson: Profits ahead of patients spells trouble for Floridians

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As a longtime community advocate and state legislator in Orlando, I work every day to make sure that consumers in Florida have access to quality, affordable health care. The recent approved mergers of Aetna with Humana and Anthem with Cigna pose great challenges for Florida consumers. While the idea of mergers to create bigger companies may seem like a good idea – the results can be disastrous. As citizens, we must demand that mergers like these are held up to…

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Florida insurers request rate hikes under federal health law

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Nearly a dozen health insurers are proposing rate increases averaging 13 percent for 2017 Florida plans sold on the exchanges created under President Barack Obama‘s health care law, but that won’t necessarily mean big consumer price hikes. The largest increase is a whopping 44 percent requested by one Humana plan. Aetna wants a 29 percent increase for a plan, with AvMed requesting 26 percent and Coventry seeking 17 percent. Florida Health Care Plan requested modest increases for many of its…

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Most health insurers raise 2016 Florida Obamacare rates

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Premiums for most health insurance policies sold on the federal exchange are increasing for Floridians this year, but state regulators used new authority to negotiate lower rates so the hikes aren’t as big as they could have been, according to filings released Wednesday by the Office of Insurance Regulation. Aetna requested a 21 percent increase for plans sold in 2016, but the agency only approved 14 percent. Coventry requested a 16 percent hike and was approved for 8 percent. Plans…

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