Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

HMO

Insurer files protest with state over HMO bids

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

A health and life insurance company has filed a protest with the Florida Department of Management Services, which recently rejected bids to provide HMO benefits to the state’s employees. Aetna Life Insurance Company hand-delivered a copy of the protest to the state earlier this month and posted a $3.1 million protest bond, according to a letter from the insurer’s attorneys, Foley & Lardner of Tallahassee. The state began its procurement process in September seeking bids to provide its employees with…

Keep Reading

Obamacare for Florida (HB 221) demonstrates why voters are angry

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

House Bill 221 is not only a sorry excuse for addressing the issue of balance billing, it’s also exactly what voters find so frustrating about politicians who campaign saying one thing while doing the exact opposite once they’re safely behind locked Capitol doors. The latest example comes from Rep. Carlos Trujillo. As a candidate, Representative Trujillo told voters he opposed Obamacare. It’s true he has supported high-profile (yet meaningless) efforts to oppose Obamacare – efforts like a 2011 constitutional amendment to…

Keep Reading

Senate is the ‘right place’ for Florida Medical Association’s top priority

in Top Headlines by

Florida physicians have friends in the Senate. The Senate Health Policy Committee took up and passed a priority bill for the Florida Medical Association over the strong objections of Associated Industries of Florida as well as the Florida Association of Health Plans. But the majority of those who attended the committee meeting on Monday were there in support of the CS/SB 784, sponsored by state Sen. Don Gaetz. In all, 28 people filled out cards to testify on the measure.…

Keep Reading

House panel kills bill to change Medicaid dental programs for children

in Top Headlines by

On Tuesday, a Florida House panel killed a bill attempting to overhaul the Florida Medicaid program that provides dental care to children. With a 6-6 tie, the House Health Innovation Subcommittee shelved HB 601, filed by Tequesta Republican state Rep. MaryLynn Magar. In the state’s new Medicaid managed-care structure, HMOs and other plans are responsible for offering dental care services to children in the system. HB 601 sought to take pediatric dental services away from the broader Medicaid managed-care program, and…

Keep Reading

Go to Top