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Florida man sues after Cigna divulges HIV-positive status

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A Florida man is suing Cigna for disclosing his HIV-positive status to third parties after he forbade the disclosure on multiple occasions. Cigna and one of its employees are being sued on four counts of negligence and one count of intentional infliction of emotional distress. “John Doe,” as he is identified in the suit, is demanding trial by jury on all counts as of Aug. 27, 2016. In October 2011, Cigna hired PhotoFax, Inc., a private investigation firm, to review…

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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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Capital City Consulting pulls in $1.7 million in Q2 lobbying fees

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Capital City Consulting typically ranks among the upper echelon of Tallahassee lobbying corps shops, and it showed no sign of stopping in the second quarter of 2015. According to recently filed state records, the firm brought in an estimated $1.7 million. During 2015 Q2 — which ran from April 1 through June 30 — CCC represented 86 legislative clients and 88 executive clients among the firm’s seven influence professionals. The highest paying? That would be Las Vegas Sands Corp., which plunked…

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