Florida CHAIN

Florida CHAIN is a statewide consumer health advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of all Floridians by promoting access to affordable, quality health care. Florida CHAIN provides resources to build the capacities for and linking consumer, community and service organizations with health care advocacy. In addition, Florida CHAIN provides policy education, collaborative networking, training, and communications and organizing tools to the public, allied partners, media and policy makers. See below for more information about Florida CHAIN’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

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  • Florida CHAIN Blogs About Misleading Reports of Premium Increases

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    FL: Florida CHAIN blogged about the fact that most consumer can purchase health coverage for the same or lower premiums as they did in 2014, despite many reports that premiums have increased. The blog attributes confusion to the complexity of how consumers pay for coverage with Premium Tax Credits. Florida CHAIN is urging all Marketplace customers to compare plans during Open Enrollment.

  • Florida CHAIN Board Member Pens Opinion Piece On ACA Success

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    FL: Florida CHAIN Board Member Elsie B. Crowell wrote an opinion column for the Tallahassee Democrat detailing the ACA’s success in Florida. The column highlights that the ACA has led to: nearly 1 million Floridians gaining access to health insurance; 240,000 Floridians receiving coverage through Medicaid and CHIP; and over 3.7 million Floridians receiving preventive service coverage with no cost sharing.

  • Florida CHAIN Hosts Call on Midterm Election Impact on Florida Health Care

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    FL: Florida CHAIN hosted a call assessing the impact of midterm election results on the fight to close the coverage gap and expand health care in Florida on November 13th. Florida CHAIN’s Advocacy Director provided political analysis on the call as part of the CHAIN ReACTORS monthly conference call series.

  • Florida CHAIN Announces Renewed Participation in Navigator Consortium

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    FL: Florida CHAIN announced that they will be one of 12 organizations working within a consortium managed by the Florida Covering Kids & Families program  at the USF College of Public Health to help enroll Floridians in the Marketplace. USF recently received a $5.38 million second-year Navigator grant and the program will expand to include all 67 Florida counties.

  • Florida CHAIN Publishes Presentation on Rate Review

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a presentation on the Florida rate review process.  The presentation explores the history of health insurance rate review in Florida, the state’s current processes, and anticipated changes due to the ACA.

  • KidsWell Partners Issue Statements on ACA Appeals Court Rulings on Subsidies

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    NHeLP, YI, & FL: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and Young Invincibles issued statements in response to the Halbig v. Burwell ruling that ACA subsidies are only available to consumers in state-run Marketplaces. Florida CHAIN issued a statement explaining the immediate impact of the ruling. NHeLP also issued a statement praising the unanimous opinion in King v. Burwell that upheld the ACA’s subsidies in state-run Marketplaces.

  • Florida CHAIN Challenged Legislature's Plan on Regulating Insurance Rates

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    FL: Florida CHAIN challenged, for a third time, Senate Bill 1842 which suspends the Office of Insurance Regulation’s (OIR) ability to review plan rates subject to the ACA through 2015. Florida CHAIN argues that, rather than protecting consumers through rate review, OIR will only create notices that plans must send to policyholders describing the ACA’s impact on their coverage. Despite Florida CHAIN’s efforts, an administrative law judge dismissed the challenge on November 4th

  • Florida CHAIN Questions Insurance Rate Increases

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    FL: Laura Goodhue, Executive Director of Florida CHAIN, was quoted by a local Florida media outlet questioning why health insurance companies in Florida are planning to file rate increases even as they work to sell plans on the Federally-facilitated Exchange. “Plans sold in the health insurance market place offer value for your dollar. So you can go to the doctor of your choice, make sure you have preventive care with no additional co-pay, and a minimum level of benefits. These are new insurance products. So if they’re saying costs are increasing, it’s hard to say [why], because you don’t really have an apples-to-apples comparison,” said Goodhue.
  • Florida CHAIN Reacts to State Bill on Review of Health Insurance Rates

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    FL: In response to the Florida legislature’s passage of a bill that would suspend the Office of Insurance Regulation's authority to review health insurance rates for two years, Florida CHAIN published a blog post stating “Senate Bill 1842 brings bad news for Florida consumers in at least two distinct ways: it deregulates health insurance at the state level, putting consumers at risk; and, it sets up ACA to be blamed for Florida’s irresponsibility.” Florida CHAIN was also quoted in a Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau article on the Bill.

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