health insurance

Pinellas County government officials suffered a blow Wednesday when they learned about the state Department of Health's order barring enrollment Navigators from local health department property.

The Navigators are supposed to fill a key role in carrying out the Affordable Care Act by helping uninsured people enroll in health plans that are to be offered through an online Marketplace, which is to open Oct. 1.

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Lawmakers hear from public on sex offender law reforms: State lawmakers heard from members of the public, including the mother of child murder and sexual assault victim Cherish Perrywinkle, at a hearing in Jacksonville on reforming state laws on sex offenders.

About 400,000 customers of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation will soon be asked to move their policies into the private market. Ten insurance companies have gotten approval from Florida regulators to take over the policies.

Citizens is the state-run insurer. That means taxpayers would help cover the damage left by catastrophic events, like category 5 hurricanes. The state is trying to cut down on Citizens' exposure to those kind of losses. The company insures property in high risk areas that no private carriers wanted to cover – until now.


MIAMI (AP) — As health care costs rise in Florida, insurers and hospitals are coming up with new ways to cut costs from piloting programs to lower admission rates to limiting the amount of doctors within a plan's network.