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Advocates Debunk Misinformation Campaign, Implore Governor to Veto SB 1122
Date:6/9/2009

Humana supports SB 1122 because the bill would adversely affect its competitors, which are able to provide lower rates through their networks because they do not provide direct payment to non-participating physicians. Insurers such as BlueCross BlueShield of Florida are able to leverage the benefit of prompt, direct payment to induce physicians to provide discounted rates to patients. Humana provides direct payment to out-of-network providers because of a 2005 settlement in a federal lawsuit brought against it by representatives of 700,000 physicians.

"The Governor is the last line of resistance to protect consumers from higher health care costs at a time when they can ill afford another financial burden," Dartland said. "I implore the Governor to look at the real facts and veto this bad bill."

A broad coalition of groups joins Dartland in opposing the bill, including Associated Industries of Florida, AFSCME, Florida PIRG, the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, and Florida CHAIN. These groups believe SB 1122 will lead directly to higher medical costs for businesses, workers, patients and consumers.


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