The Call to Action is NOW!
Many of you have expressed the desire to build bleeding disorder awareness among Florida’s elected officials. You can start now to both verbalize your concerns and advocate on the behalf of the bleeding disorder community. Your presence at any of the below public meetings can make a difference in the lives of our community!
Orange County Legislative Delegation Upcoming Meeting
Representative Mike Miller, Chair of the Orange County Legislative Delegation, has announced the following date and information concerning the delegation’s public meeting:
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Orange County Administration Center
201 South Rosalind Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
The agenda for the meeting will include election of officers, discussion of legislative issues of regional significance, and remarks from members of the public.
Persons wishing to address the delegation (limit of 3 minutes) must request a place on the agenda by submitting a completed copy of this form. The form may be submitted either in person, via email to LD@ocfl.net or fax to (407) 836-2880, or by mail to the address listed below:
Orange County Legislative Delegation
Orange County Administration Center
201 South Rosalind Avenue
Office of Management and Budget, Third Floor
Orlando, Florida 32801
To appear on the meeting’s printed agenda, the form must be received by the Delegation Office no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017. Members of the public may also complete and submit an appearance record at the delegation meeting. Note that agenda space is given on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in presenting to the delegation are encouraged to submit an appearance record form at their earliest convenience.
To accommodate as many speakers as possible, groups presenting to the delegation are requested to have one individual speak on behalf of their organization. Instructions will be provided for registered speakers who would like to provide materials to the delegation members.
Broward County Legislative Delegation Meeting, Dec. 20th
Members of the public and representatives of organizations are entitled to address the Delegation at the public hearing appropriate to their subject matter. Click on the Speaker's Form to sign up to speak. The completed form will automatically be forwarded to the Delegation office. Please have this form to the Delegation Office at least two (2) business days prior to the hearing. In addition, you may sign up at the hearing. Speakers will have 3 minutes to present information to the Delegation. If providing handouts to the members please bring 20 copies and give to the Delegation Assistant at the start of the meeting.
Access Speaker's Form to Sign Up to Speak.
This schedule is subject to change.
PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR 2017 SESSION
Education and Cultural Affairs
Health and Human Services Public Hearing
and First Reading of Local Bills
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
1:00 p.m .– 4:00 p.m.
Broward County Governmental Center
115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 422
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Hillsborough County Annual Legislative Delegation Meeting to be held on December 16
***Thirteen local lawmakers will be hearing from the public on Dec 16, 2016***
The deadline to submit a speaker request is December 9th.
The Delegation consists of 13 members of the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives that represent all or parts of Hillsborough County. Senator Tom Lee serves as the current Chair of the Delegation. The annual meeting is an opportunity for the general public to interact with and voice any concerns or opinions to their elected officials prior to the start of the 2017 Legislative Session.
Public testimony will be limited to three minutes per speaker. The deadline to submit a request to speak is 5 p.m. on Friday, December 9. Additional speaker request forms will be available at the meeting. Please contact our office for the speaker request form.
WHO: Hillsborough County Legislation Delegation
WHAT: Annual Meeting
WHERE: Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602
WHEN: Friday, December 16, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
PARKING: Available in the Blue Lot adjacent to the History Center
***The date for the Miami-Dade public meeting Florida Representative Manny Diaz chairs is unknown at this time.
The Hemophilia Foundation of Greater Florida will provide you with an update once a confirmed date for the meeting is made known.
Missy Zippel, R.N. , who retired in June after more than 30 years of working with Nemours Children's Clinic in Jacksonville, has joined our staff working part-time. Missy will be based in Jacksonville. She will be providing education and outreach including infusion training, school visits and patient assistance.
Missy can be reached by email at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or you may leave a question or call back number at HFGF office at
407-629-000 or toll-free at 800-293-6527.
Your health can seriously affect your wallet. Get the facts about the real costs of heart disease, diabetes, and more. Some analysts who have looked at health insurers’ proposed premiums for next year predict major increases for policies sold on state and federal health exchanges. Others say it’s too soon to tell.
One thing is clear: There’s a battle brewing behind the scenes to keep plans affordable for consumers.
A recent article entitled “HHS Asks States To Negotiate Lower Obamacare Rates” by Julie Rovner, dated Wed, Jul 22 2015 WebMD News (taken from the Kaiser Health News) gives attention to the fact that some analysts who have looked at health insurers’ proposed premiums for next year predict major increases for policies sold on state and federal health exchanges. Others say it’s too soon to tell. One thing is clear: There’s a battle brewing behind the scenes to keep plans affordable for consumers.
Now the Obama administration is weighing in, asking state insurance regulators to take a closer look at rate requests before granting them. Under the Affordable Care Act, state agencies largely retain the right to regulate premiums in their states. So far only a handful have finalized premiums for the coming year, for which enrollment begins in November 2015.
In a letter sent separately this week to insurance commissioners in every state and Washington D.C., Kevin Counihan, the CEO of the federal health exchange, healthcare.gov, said recent data suggest that rates should not go up as much as some insurers are proposing for plans sold to individuals on the health exchanges. Still, wrote Counihan, “many issuers are reporting a decline in pent-up demand for services,” which would lead to lower premiums. The letter also said that health care costs are not growing as fast as some had predicted, “even accounting for rapid growth in pharmaceutical costs.”
Counihan warns that consumers may only be able to avoid increases by changing insurers. But insurance industry consultant and frequent Obamacare critic Robert Laszewski says that forcing people to change plans in order to avoid huge increases is just one problem of many. “This is a debacle. This is a blow-up. This is a mess,” he said. “There’s big trouble in Obamacare land. The biggest carriers are losing their shirts” and thus seeking the biggest rate increases.
Why the disagreement? Mostly because there are outside factors pushing insurers to both raise and lower premiums.
For example, some insurers underestimated how many sick people would sign up, or how sick they would be. Last year was in some ways a huge social experiment. Insurers knew that the people who most needed insurance but had been previously shut out of the market would be the first to sign up for coverage. What they didn’t know was how much health care they would consume. Those that guessed wrong and ended up spending more on care than they collected in premiums need an increase to make up the difference.
In some cases, state insurance regulators urged insurers to raise premiums in order to remain financially solvent.
Some plans also appear to be trying to increase premiums for 2016 to protect against losses in 2017. That’s when special programs included in the ACA to protect insurers from very high risks will expire. The Obama administration has been trying to reassure health plans that enroll unexpectedly expensive patients that not only does it have enough money to continue the programs through 2016, but that plans would get even more than they expected in some of these special payments.
A fundamental problem, though, says Laszewski, is that too many consumers don’t see the value in the plans available to them and would prefer to simply pay the tax penalty. “The reason we’ve got these big increases is because we only have a 40 percent take-up rate.” He says to succeed plans will need to sign up at least 70 percent of those eligible.
But time is working on that problem, too. The penalties for not having insurance are increasing year by year. In 2016 those who are uninsured and don’t fall into one of the categories of people who are exempt will have to pay the greater of $695 or 2.5 percent of their income. In 2014, when the penalties were only $95 or one percent of income, an estimated 7.5 million Americans paid $1.5 billion in penalties.
As of March 31, an estimated 10.2 million Americans were signed up through a health exchange; about 36 percent of the eligible population, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Without doubt lower premium rates for the new year depends on the number of eligible individuals/families enrolled in the ACA health insurance exchange.
The Hemophilia Foundation of Greater Florida, a Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation, has been helping people with bleeding disorders since 1996. We have helped the bleeding disorders community improve their quality of life by offering programs and services to support healthier and more independent lives.
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