Health Insurance Updates July

Florida health insurance: Attorney General Bill McCollum and Secretary Tom Arnold of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration have submitted a formal request for a waiver from the federal government that, if granted, would launch a Florida pilot program for enhanced Medicaid fraud enforcement.

Illinois health insurance: Last week Governor Pat Quinn signed the package of budget proposals passed by lawmakers in May, leaving Illinois with one of the largest budget deficits in the country.

Michigan health insurance: Priority Health and the Physicians Health Plan of Mid-Michigan, both non-profit insurers and subsidiaries of large hospital systems, have applied to sell coverage to new Patient Protection and Affordable Choices Act (PPACA) high-risk pool enrollees.

Missouri health insurance: Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has filed a legal challenge against the recently enacted federal health care reform law.

Pennsylvania health insurance: The Insurance Department is planning to file an application with HHS for a $1 million grant to buttress its rate review efforts.

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