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Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board To Hold Conference Call
Friday, September 21, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation announced today that the Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board (Board) will hold a conference call Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to discuss additional business that was not covered during Monday's meeting.
 
To listen to the meeting, please call 800-331-8016 and enter pass code 68093. Participants on the conference line are asked to mute their phones.
 
At it's Monday meeting, the Board heard testimony from representatives of the Agency for Health Care Administration - Medicaid and the Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis, the National Association of Health Underwriters, the Heritage Foundation and the Office of Insurance Regulation on issues of transparency, affordability, accessibility and health insurance reforms. 
 
The Board will use the information provided by all interested stakeholders for developing its 2008 legislative proposals. They will be presented at a future meeting and provided to the Governor and to the Legislature. 
 
Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty is the chairman of the Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board.

About the Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board
The Board was established by the Florida Legislature in 1992 as the Small Employer Health Reinsurance Program. Its purpose was to promote the availability of health care coverage to small employers. At that time, Board members were primarily representatives of health insurers licensed under chapter 624 or 641 of the Florida Statutes. In 2005, the Legislature expanded the composition of the Board to include representatives of employers, an individual policyholder and a representative from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). The Board's responsibilities also were expanded to include an advisory role on health insurance issues to the Office of Insurance Regulation, AHCA, the Department of Financial Services other executive departments and to the Legislature. 

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. Business units within the Office are organized based on regulatory expertise and include the areas of life and health, property and casualty, specialty lines and other regulated insurance entities. It is within the Office that the mission of public protection is implemented through regulatory oversight of insurance company solvency, policy forms and rates, market conduct performance and new company entrants to the Florida market.
 
For more information about the Office, please visit www.floir.com.
 
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