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House Panel OKs state group insurance overhaul but will Senate bite?

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A House committee approved an overhaul of the state group health insurance plan with little to no debate Thursday morning. The House Health Care Services Committee–which had wrapped up lengthy debate on an adoption bill–had actually moved to extend the two-hour meeting in case the state group health debate ran long. The bill, PCB HHSC 15-02, is nearly identical to one the House proposed last year and would redesign the state group plan in phases. The first phase, effective 2016, directs…

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House eyeballing changes to state group insurance plan

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House Health & Human Services Committee Chairman state Rep. Jason Brodeur will be unveiling proposals to redesign the state group health insurance plan, including bringing more options of health plan coverage for employees to choose from. Brodeur said he wants the state group plan, which covers more than 361,000 people, to more closely resemble a large group health plan, both in what is offered to employees and what employees pay. One glaring difference between the state group plan and plans…

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Most Florida legislators say yes to free or deeply discounted health, dental benefits

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While they are hesitant to implement Obamacare provisions and expand access to health care, Florida legislators overwhelmingly tap into the benefits made available to them either for free or deeply discounted rates. Thirty-six of Florida’s 40 state senators are enrolled in the state health insurance plan and 39 of them enroll in the dental plan, which is free, information from the Office of Legislative Services shows. In the House of Representatives, 106 of the members enroll in the state group…

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