Health Care Advocates Request Hearing on Florida Exemption From Health Care Reform Rule

The advocacy group Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is asking for a public hearing into Florida’s exemption request from the medical-loss ration (MLR) regulations — federal rules that require insurers to spend 80 to 85 percent of premium dollars on health care benefits. Florida is seeking a waiver to slowly phase in the new rules, a move that could cost families $140 million in rebates. The insurance commissioner did hold a hearing in September 2010, but did not invite consumer advocates to participate.

-Rebecca Leber