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Balance billing measure moves ahead despite reservations

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A House panel on financial issues got deep in the weeds of health care policy Tuesday as lawmakers took up a controversial proposal to change the way insurers are reimbursed by hospitals and other providers when patients receive care beyond their insurance network. The deceptively simple 11-page bill was the subject of over an hour of testimony and debate.  Insurance and business groups generally supported it while many physicians and providers’ groups, with some exceptions, opposed it. The proposal –…

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Rate of uninsured drops to 16.6 percent in Florida

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The rate of Floridians without health insurance dropped to 16.6 percent last year. Figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that represents a drop of 3.4 percentage points from a rate of 20 percent in 2013. Despite the drop, Florida still had the third highest rate of residents without health insurance. Only Texas and Alaska had higher rates. The national rate was 10.4 percent. Officials attribute the decrease in Florida and around the country to passage of the…

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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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The Latest: A cancer survivor celebrates health law ruling

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The Latest on the Supreme Court’s decision on President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul. (All times Eastern) ___ 12:20 p.m. The Supreme Court ruling on the health law comes as a huge relief for 55-year-old Shawn Turner of Cisco in central Illinois. She finished chemotherapy for uterine cancer last summer and now has regular follow-up scans to make sure the cancer is gone. She and her husband pay $236 a month for health coverage and the government pays the insurance…

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U.S. Supreme Court decides King v. Burwell: ACA subsidies remain for all

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In a major victory for the Obama administration, tax subsidies are available to all those who enroll in an Obamacare plan whether it was purchased through a state or federal health insurance exchange, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a 6-3 ruling, affirming the decision of the Fourth Circuit court. The decision in King v. Burwell would have jeopardized upward of 1.28 million people in Florida who signed up for health care through the federal exchange and received tax credits. King v. Burwell challenged…

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Today on Context Florida: Healthcare vote, death penalty, breast cancer and depressing books

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Today on Context Florida: Daniel Tilson calls for conservative Florida Republicans of good conscience to unite … in demanding local state representatives in the Florida House be given the opportunity to publicly vote Aye or Nay on a Senate plan to provide health insurance coverage to more than 800,000 uninsured Floridians stuck in the “Florida Coverage Gap.” They’ve got nothing to lose, Tilson adds, except maybe the spiritual burden they carry when condoning the tactics employed and damage done by House…

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Florida ranks No. 2 in nation for rate of uninsured

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Florida ranks No. 2 in the nation in the rate of residents without health insurance, but that figure has declined since 2010. Figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday show that Florida had an uninsured rate of 24.3 percent in 2013. Only Texas had a higher rate at 24.8 percent. The lowest rate was 4.3 percent in Massachusetts. Despite the high ranking, Florida’s uninsured rate has declined since 2010 when it was 25.3 percent. Federal figures released last…

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