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Florida Insurance Commissioner Announces Letter to Health Insurers and HMOs Requesting Swine Flu Vaccine be Administered at No Charge
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Contact Info:

Jack McDermott                             Tom Zutell
850-413-2515                              850-413-2515
Jack.McDermott@floir.com              Tom.Zutell@floir.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty today announced that he has issued a letter to health insurers and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) encouraging carriers to provide the H1N1 Swine flu vaccine free to its policyholders.
 
Additionally, the letter requests the companies' assistance in helping the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and all other involved state and local agencies to protect our school children and Floridians of all ages from contracting the H1N1 Swine flu.
 
"I felt compelled to send this letter to the health insurers and HMOs licensed to conduct business in Florida,” said Commissioner McCarty. “I am urging those companies to educate their policyholders on the symptoms of Swine flu, to offer toll-free Swine flu hotlines and to post Web site bulletins to educate their policyholders about this easily transmitted virus.”
 
Florida Statutes require coverage for child health supervision services and require that the services covered be exempt from any policy deductibles. The letter requests that the companies advise their agents, claim staff and consumer service staff of this required coverage when processing claims or responding to policyholder inquiries.
 
The FDOH provides updates and other information regarding the Swine flu on its Web site: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/DEMO/php/FluInfo.htm.
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Jack McDermott                             Tom Zutell
850-413-2515                              850-413-2515
Jack.McDermott@floir.com              Tom.Zutell@floir.com

About the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) has primary responsibility for regulation, compliance and enforcement of statutes related to the business of insurance and the monitoring of industry markets. For more information about the Office, please visit www.floir.com or follow us on Twitter @FLOIR_comm.

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