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Jeff Atwater praises Legislature for curbing “balance billing”

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Florida CFO Jeff Atwater praised his colleagues in the Legislature Friday for passing HB 221, which curbs “balance billing” by Florida health insurance providers. “The Florida Legislature was tasked with striking a finely tuned and balanced solution to a multifaceted problem,” Atwater said. “While all sides of this health care community presented valid perspectives and strong opinions throughout the legislative process, I’m pleased that our legislative leaders kept consumers at the forefront of this conversation, ultimately removing them from this…

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Carlos Trujillo’s balance billing: Straight Outta Obamacare

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Carlos Trujillo’s attempt to fix balance billing (HB 221 – Health Insurance Coverage for Emergency Services) is LITERALLY lifted from the federal law commonly referred to as “Obamacare” – or as some Republicans have called it, “The end of the world as we know it.” To be fair, sometimes Trujillo’s bill tracks the federal law word for word, and other times it merely acts like a college student not wanting to be seen as plagiarizing a Wikipedia page. Trujillo’s bill…

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