Florida held steady – ranking as the 34th healthiest state – according to the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® from the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Florida, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Florida started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Florida's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
FloridaHealthFinder.gov — A state-run site designed to connect consumers with health care information and services, including downloadable PDF guides to health and human services and more.
The Florida Department of Financial Services — The place for consumers to check out their insurance agent or company or to access the state consumer hotline (1-877-693-5236, is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m) or to file a complaint.
Florida Kid Care — State program to help children under 19 get health insurance coverage through MediKids, Healthy Kids, Children’s Medical Services or Medicaid for Children.
Florida Department of Health — Official government Web site for department responsible for health care services for Floridans.
Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN) — A grassroots organization which empowers citizens to influence public policy by organizing and educating in areas where consumer voices are underrepresented. FCAN is working with Health are for America NOW to create meaningful health care reform.”
Florida CHAIN (Community Health Action Information Network) — A statewide network organization dedicated to improving the health of all Floridians by promoting sustainable access to affordable, effective health care.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Florida.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Florida -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Florida.
Why health care reform is important to Florida -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Florida.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Florida -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Florida.
Florida mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Florida -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $168 per family in 2012.
07/24/2012 1:07 PM
Kaleb Langdale, 17, of Moore Haven, recently was swimming with his friends in one of our Florida rivers, near Lake Okeechobee. Suddenly, Kaleb was attacked by a 10-foot alligator. His arm was caught in the alligator’s jaws like a vise. Now Kaleb and his family face almost as frightening a foe: inadequate health-care coverage. His family has set up a website to help with expenses.
07/20/2012 8:07 PM
The Miami Herald — In 2008, Marco Rubio advocated for an online marketplace for health insurance in his book 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future. His vision is set to go live in late 2012 as Florida Health Choices.
07/17/2012 7:07 PM
WJHG – One and a quarter million Floridians will share in more than 123 million dollars health insurers are being forced to return to policy holders because the companies were not spending enough on caring for patients. The refunds are a result of President Obama’s national health care act that sets limits on how much profit health insurers can earn. Florida initially sought to let the companies keep more profit.
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