Insurance: Consumer Protections

Our Statement on the Repeal and Replace Failure

Rick Scott used to actually promote Medicaid expansion, until the more conservative legislative leadership shut it down. By channeling our voices like was just accomplished, we can put that topic back on the table. For all intents and purposes, the ACA, and Medicaid expansion, will remain the law of the land. There is an awfully big pot of money out there if Florida chose to pursue it, a pot which Floridians helped provide with their taxes.

An Open Letter to Rick Scott

Dear Governor Scott, This weekend presents a terrific opportunity for you to visit with either (or both) President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence, as both have stated intentions to visit our beautiful state.  Vice President Pence will be  in Jacksonville and President Trump for another weekend at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach.  We think […]

REPEAL? REPLACE? REVISE? REPAIR? Who Knows?…

What do we know? Resistance and voters being vocal is working! Chances are that if you are reading this, you have more than a passing interest in the biggest debate of our lifetimes.  There is no more vital issue to human beings than their health, and all of the related activities associated with either being […]

Florida CHAIN responds to Governor Rick Scott’s Letter to Congress re. #ACA repeal.

  FLORIDA CHAIN’S RESPONSE TO GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT’S JANUARY 6, 2017, LETTER TO THE U.S. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER   For Immediate Release January 12, 2017   For the average Florida Health Care consumer who is not intimately familiar with the workings of the US health care delivery system, Governor Rick Scott’s letter late last week […]

With Health Policy Lemons, Florida Advocates Make Lemonade: Protecting Consumers From Unfair Surprise Medical Bills

Policy and Research Director Laura Brennaman, PhD, RN, guest blogged this week for Community Catalyst about CHAIN’s work to protect Floridians from surprise medical bills. Governor Scott last month signed HB 221 into law effectively ending balance billing for consumers. Take a read of Dr. Brennaman’s blog below. Despite political opposition to the Affordable Care Act at […]

Happy to have “real” insurance now

Marty Riordian saw an ad in the newspaper that a Navigator for the Health Insurance Marketplace would be holding an enrollment event at a local library. He jumped at the chance to meet with a Navigator to discuss the possibility of getting a new health insurance plan. “I have a catastrophic plan and I wanted […]

Special Olympics Gold Medalist Left Uninsured

As a child, Matt Ross won medals in the Special Olympics. Today, he is a 23 year old part-time worker who has been denied Medicaid as it stands in Florida. Matt is living with autism. Even though he has a developmental disability, he has been denied Medicaid because he is considered fully functional. Matt works […]

CMS: 20% of 1095-A forms are Incorrect

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, has reported that as many as 800,000 taxpayers may have gotten incorrect information on their 1095A tax forms. CMS is notifying affected individuals by phone and email and will send corrected forms by early March. It’s estimated that about 50,000 of them have already filed their taxes […]

Stroke Victim’s Family Happy He Finally Has Health Insurance

Theresa, 58, purchased health insurance for her son who was recently hospitalized with a stroke. He needs health insurance now for doctor visits on a regular basis. She stated, “My son never went to the doctor because he didn’t want medical bills he could not pay. Having a stroke out of nowhere is what prompted […]

Car Accident Victim Happy To Have Health Care Coverage

Andrew Becker is a 25 year old from Orlando, Florida. He makes a good living as a self-employed full time musician. Andrew, like many others young adults has never had health insurance. Growing up his parents paid out of pocket for his medical expenses. As a young adult he didn’t have the sense of urgency […]