By Amy Lotven
Health advocates that had a filed an anti-discrimination complaint with HHS over four Florida exchange plans’ high cost-sharing and other limits on HIV/AIDs drugs applauded news out Friday that the Florida Insurance Commissioner and one of the plans — Cigna — had agreed to revamp some of the practices, and called on HHS and issuers to ensure all plans sold in the exchange are abiding by federal regulations…
The advocates note that the consent order does not address the specific legal claims that are pending in the federal complaint, including claims regarding discriminatory plan benefit designs. It also does not affect the complaints pending against the three other companies.
“We will continue working so that all health plans comply with federal non-discrimination laws that prohibit egregious insurance company practices,” NHeLP staff attorney Wayne Turner said. “It remains the responsibility of federal officials to ensure that these federal protections are properly monitored and fully enforced,” he added. Read the full article here. »