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Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board Announces Public Meeting In Ft. Lauderdale
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Contact Info:

Ed Domansky 
850-413-2515                                                  
Edward.Domansky@floir.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation announced today that the Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board (Board) will hold a public meeting Friday, Feb. 1 at the Ft. Lauderdale City Hall in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 2 p.m.
 
The meeting will focus on innovations in the private sector that have worked to moderate health care costs. Costs can sometimes be reduced by developing health care products that offer innovative benefit designs, limit types of coverage, restrict networks, or offer other types of cost-controlling measures. Companies that have been invited to showcase their products include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Preferred Medical Plan and Promedical Plan. The Agency for Health Care Administration, a state agency, will also give a status report on the Health Flex Program. 
 
A copy of the Board's agenda is available for review. To listen to the meeting by telephone, please call 319-279-1000 and enter participant code 244269. Participants on the conference line are asked to mute their phones.  Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty is the chairman of the Board, and is scheduled to attend this meeting. The Board last met on November 2, 2007 in Orlando. 
 
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting should contact Jim Bracher at 850-425-8430 or by e-mail at jbracher@earthlink.net at least 48 hours before the meeting.
 
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. 
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Ed Domansky 
850-413-2515                                                  
Edward.Domansky@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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