Fifteen of Florida's 34 HMOs, or 44 percent, listed in a Florida Office of Insurance Regulation report posted losses in 2014. The figures were published in the South Florida Business Journal on Monday. They included a range of losses from $14.6 million to $165.1 million. Some plans showed a profit, from $138,555 to $333 million. But the 34 HMOs' $66.5 million combined net income for 2014 represents a 90 percent decrease from the $648 million profit reported by 39 HMOs in 2013.
By a vote of 6–3, the United States Supreme Court last week ruled in favor of the Obama administration in King v. Burwell, a case that challenged the federal government’s authority to provide subsidies for the purchase of health insurance for Obamacare in states that did not set up exchanges.
Here are statements about the decision issued from health care policy experts at The Heartland Institute, a 31-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago. Its stated mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems:
The Florida Senate, on the special session's last day, improved the lot of people with unique abilities when it passed SB 2500-A, an appropriations bill that increases funding for adults and children with disabilities by more than $230 million over base funding.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi joined federal authorities Thursday, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Personnel Management and the Food and Drug Administration, to announce the charges of 73 South Florida residents for their alleged participation in various schemes to defraud Medicare and Medicaid out of more than $262 million.
Floridians will join soccer fans across America this evening when the U.S. women's national soccer team begins its quest for a third World Cup championship. It's U.S. vs. Australia, first game for both teams. USA is ranked No. 2 after Germany; The Matildas of Australia are No. 10.
The "Florida Deserves Better" website, created by Florida Roundtable, gives the Florida House point of view and, in the process, this "top 10" list of reasons for rejecting Obamacare/Medicaid expansion in the Sunshine State.
The site urges "lower costs and greater options for all Floridians."