Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board To Discuss 2017 Legislative Proposals; Emergency Medical Transportation Working Group Meets
Oct 17, 2016
The Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board (“FHIAB”) is scheduled to hold a public meeting to conduct administrative matters, adopt its “State of the Market” Annual Report and discuss its 2017 legislative proposals on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 3 p.m. (ET) in Tallahassee.
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The Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board is a legislatively established entity whose responsibilities include an advisory role on health insurance issues to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, Florida Department of Financial Services, other Executive Branch departments, and to the Florida Legislature. The current FHIAB governing statute is Section 627.6699(11), F.S.
Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate’s Emergency Medical Transportation Working Group Meets
Spearheaded by Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate Sha’Ron James, the new Emergency Medical Transportation (“EMT”) Working Group held the first of a series of meetings today, October 17.
The EMT Working Group will meet over the course of one year to gather information, analyze data, and assess the impact of emergency medical transportation costs to Florida’s insurance consumers.
“Florida consumers may be shocked to learn that many air and ground emergency medical transportation services are often considered out-of-network by their healthcare plans, and that they owe several hundred or, in some cases, thousands of dollars for the use of the service,” An Insurance Consumer Advocate press release explained.
The EMT Working Group will focus on identifying solutions that may address issues and concerns faced by the ambulance service, insurance industry, and ultimately the insurance-buying public.
The members of the EMT Working Group are:
- Office of the Insurance Consumer Advocate
Sha’Ron James, Insurance Consumer Advocate
- Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Consumer Services
Tasha Carter, Director
- Florida Office of Insurance Regulation
Rich Robleto, Deputy Insurance Commissioner
- America’s Health Insurance Plans
Joy M. Ryan, Meenan P.A.
- Florida Aero Medical Association
Jeffery See, Regional Vice President, Air Methods
- Florida Ambulance Association
Joe Scialdone, EMS Billing Manager, Escambia County
- Florida Association of Counties
Susan Harbin, Legislative Advocate
- Florida Association of Health Plans
Wences Troncoso, Vice President and General Counsel
- Florida Blue
David Pizzi, Director, Political and External Relations
- Florida CHAIN
Anne Swerlick, Policy Director
- Florida College of Emergency Physicians
Dr. Kristin McCabe-Kline, Chief of Staff, Florida Hospital
- Florida Hospital Association
Lecia Behenna, Director of Finance
- Florida League of Cities
Chief Dan Azzariti, Fire Chief, Plant City
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