The Affordable Health Care for Floridians Act
Education is power and when you know all you can about a subject
you can make an informed and educated decision. That is the
premise behind the Affordable Healthcare for Floridians Act.
Florida’s governor Jeb Bush signed the bill that will
bring affordable and improved healthcare to residents across
Greater availability of health insurance and increased education
about their options and services are the foundation for this
patient-driven act. It makes insurance available to those who
need it most – low-income individuals, those in poor health
and small businesses – as well as those we just want to
know their options.
Above all else, the Affordable Healthcare for Floridians Act
works to reduce the high cost of health insurance. Because of
rising healthcare costs, there are so many uninsured people
in the state as well as the country. Many smaller companies
have decided to stop offering health insurance to their employees
because the cost is just too great. Through this act, the current
Health Flex program has broadened.
Presently, insurance companies offer traditional health plans,
as well as, health savings plans that work much like a financial
savings account but are specific to health care. This allows
individuals to contribute to the fund as much as they can afford,
and when they are unable, that is also acceptable. When services
are needed, the insurance company pulls from that pool of money.
This alleviates the high cost of premiums paid monthly or yearly,
no matter how few or how many services you use.
As well as making healthcare costs affordable, this Act makes
information about health services pricing accessible to the
general public. This permits patients to make educated decisions
about what the actions they would like to take.
Through this innovative act, the Florida Patient Safety Corporation
was created to monitor current procedures and practices in the
health care industry and make recommendations should problems
arise. In support of the Act’s fundamental purpose, to
empower Floridians so they may make wise healthcare choices,
this structure helps to protect patients from both unforeseen
and costly errors.