Florida Senate - 2015 SB 2-A
By Senator Bean
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to a health insurance affordability
3 exchange; creating s. 409.720, F.S.; providing a short
4 title; creating s. 409.721, F.S.; creating the Florida
5 Health Insurance Affordability Exchange Program or
6 FHIX in the Agency for Health Care Administration;
7 providing program authority and principles; creating
8 s. 409.722, F.S.; defining terms; creating s. 409.723,
9 F.S.; providing eligibility and enrollment criteria;
10 providing patient rights and responsibilities;
11 providing premium levels; creating s. 409.724, F.S.;
12 providing for premium credits and choice counseling;
13 establishing an education campaign; providing for
14 customer support and disenrollment; creating s.
15 409.725, F.S.; providing for available products and
16 services; creating s. 409.726, F.S.; providing for
17 program accountability; creating s. 409.727, F.S.;
18 providing an implementation schedule; creating s.
19 409.728, F.S.; providing program operation and
20 management duties; creating s. 409.729, F.S.;
21 providing for the development of a long-term
22 reorganization plan and the formation of the FHIX
23 Workgroup; creating s. 409.730, F.S.; authorizing the
24 agency to seek federal approval; creating s. 409.731,
25 F.S.; providing for program expiration; repealing s.
26 408.70, F.S., relating to legislative findings
27 regarding access to affordable health care; amending
28 s. 408.910, F.S.; revising legislative intent;
29 redefining terms; revising the scope of the Florida
30 Health Choices Program and the pricing of services
31 under the program; providing requirements for
32 operation of the marketplace; providing additional
33 duties for the corporation to perform; requiring an
34 annual report to the Governor and the Legislature;
35 amending s. 409.904, F.S.; limiting eligible persons
36 in the Medically Needy program to those under the age
37 of 21 and pregnant women, and specifying an effective
38 date; providing an expiration date for the program;
39 amending s. 624.91, F.S.; revising eligibility
40 requirements for state-funded assistance; revising the
41 duties and powers of the Florida Healthy Kids
42 Corporation; revising provisions for the appointment
43 of members of the board of the Florida Healthy Kids
44 Corporation; requiring transition plans; repealing s.
45 624.915, F.S., relating to the operating fund of the
46 Florida Healthy Kids Corporation; providing an
47 effective date.
49 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
51 Section 1. The Division of Law Revision and Information is
52 directed to rename part II of chapter 409, Florida Statutes, as
53 “Insurance Affordability Programs” and to incorporate ss.
54 409.720-409.731, Florida Statutes, under this part.
55 Section 2. Section 409.720, Florida Statutes, is created to
57 409.720 Short title.—Sections 409.720-409.731 may be cited
58 as the “Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange Program”
59 or “FHIX.”
60 Section 3. Section 409.721, Florida Statutes, is created to
62 409.721 Program authority.—The Florida Health Insurance
63 Affordability Exchange Program, or FHIX, is created in the
64 agency to assist Floridians in purchasing health benefits
65 coverage and gaining access to health services. The products and
66 services offered by FHIX are based on the following principles:
67 (1) FAIR VALUE.—Financial assistance will be rationally
68 allocated regardless of differences in categorical eligibility.
69 (2) CONSUMER CHOICE.—Participants will be offered
70 meaningful choices in the way they can redeem the value of the
71 available assistance.
72 (3) SIMPLICITY.—Obtaining assistance will be consumer
73 friendly, and customer support will be available when needed.
74 (4) PORTABILITY.—Participants can continue to access the
75 services and products of FHIX despite changes in their
77 (5) PROMOTES EMPLOYMENT.—Assistance will be offered in a
78 way that incentivizes employment.
79 (6) CONSUMER EMPOWERMENT.—Assistance will be offered in a
80 manner that maximizes individual control over available
82 (7) RISK ADJUSTMENT.—The amount of assistance will reflect
83 participants’ medical risk.
84 Section 4. Section 409.722, Florida Statutes, is created to
86 409.722 Definitions.—As used in ss. 409.720-409.731, the
88 (1) “Agency” means the Agency for Health Care
90 (2) “Applicant” means an individual who applies for
91 determination of eligibility for health benefits coverage under
92 this part.
93 (3) “Corporation” means Florida Health Choices, Inc., as
94 established under s. 408.910.
95 (4) “Enrollee” means an individual who has been determined
96 eligible for and is receiving health benefits coverage under
97 this part.
98 (5) “FHIX marketplace” or “marketplace” means the single,
99 centralized market established under s. 408.910 which
100 facilitates health benefits coverage.
101 (6) “Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange
102 Program” or “FHIX” means the program created under ss. 409.720
104 (7) “Florida Healthy Kids Corporation” means the entity
105 created under s. 624.91.
106 (8) “Florida Kidcare program” or “Kidcare program” means
107 the health benefits coverage administered through ss. 409.810
109 (9) “Health benefits coverage” means the payment of
110 benefits for covered health care services or the availability,
111 directly or through arrangements with other persons, of covered
112 health care services on a prepaid per capita basis or on a
113 prepaid aggregate fixed-sum basis.
114 (10) “Inactive status” means the enrollment status of a
115 participant previously enrolled in health benefits coverage
116 through the FHIX marketplace who lost coverage through the
117 marketplace for non-payment, but maintains access to his or her
118 balance in a health savings account or health reimbursement
120 (11) “Medicaid” means the medical assistance program
121 authorized by Title XIX of the Social Security Act, and
122 regulations thereunder, and part III and part IV of this
123 chapter, as administered in this state by the agency.
124 (l2) “Modified adjusted gross income” means the
125 individual’s or household’s annual adjusted gross income as
126 defined in s. 36B(d)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and
127 which is used to determine eligibility for FHIX.
128 (13) “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” or
129 “Affordable Care Act” means Pub. L. No. 111-148, as further
130 amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of
131 2010, Pub. L. No. 111-152, and any amendments to, and
132 regulations or guidance under, those acts.
133 (14) “Premium credit” means the monthly amount paid by the
134 agency per enrollee in the Florida Health Insurance
135 Affordability Exchange Program toward health benefits coverage.
136 (15) “Qualified alien” means an alien as defined in 8
137 U.S.C. s. 1641(b) or (c).
138 (16) “Resident” means a United States citizen or qualified
139 alien who is domiciled in this state.
140 Section 5. Section 409.723, Florida Statutes, is created to
142 409.723 Participation.—
143 (1) ELIGIBILITY.—In order to participate in FHIX, an
144 individual must be a resident and must meet the following
145 requirements, as applicable:
146 (a) Qualify as a newly eligible enrollee, who must be an
147 individual as described in s. 1902(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII) of the
148 Social Security Act or s. 2001 of the Affordable Care Act and as
149 may be further defined by federal regulation.
150 (b) Meet and maintain the responsibilities under subsection
152 (c) Qualify as a participant in the Florida Healthy Kids
153 program under s. 624.91, subject to the implementation of Phase
154 Three under s. 409.727.
155 (2) ENROLLMENT.—To enroll in FHIX, an applicant must submit
156 an application to the department for an eligibility
158 (a) Applications may be submitted by mail, fax, online, or
159 any other method permitted by law or regulation.
160 (b) The department is responsible for any eligibility
161 correspondence and status updates to the participant and other
163 (c) The department shall review a participant’s eligibility
164 every 12 months.
165 (d) An application or renewal is deemed complete when the
166 participant has met all the requirements under subsection (4).
167 (3) PARTICIPANT RIGHTS.—A participant has all of the
168 following rights:
169 (a) Access to the FHIX marketplace to select the scope,
170 amount, and type of health care coverage and other services to
172 (b) Continuity and portability of coverage to avoid
173 disruption of coverage and other health care services when the
174 participant’s economic circumstances change.
175 (c) Retention of applicable unspent credits in the
176 participant’s health savings or health reimbursement account
177 following a change in the participant’s eligibility status.
178 Credits are valid for an inactive status participant for up to 5
179 years after the participant first enters an inactive status.
180 (d) Ability to select more than one product or plan on the
181 FHIX marketplace.
182 (e) Choice of at least two health benefits products that
183 meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
184 (4) PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITIES.—A participant has all of
185 the following responsibilities:
186 (a) Complete an initial application for health benefits
187 coverage and an annual renewal process;
188 (b) Annually provide evidence of participation in one of
189 the following activities at the levels required under paragraph
191 1. Proof of employment.
192 2. On-the-job training or job placement activities.
193 3. Pursuit of educational opportunities.
194 (c) Engage in the activities required under paragraph (b)
195 at the following minimum levels:
196 1. For a parent of a child younger than 18 years of age, a
197 minimum of 20 hours weekly.
198 2. For a childless adult, a minimum of 30 hours weekly.
200 A participant who is a disabled adult or a caregiver of a
201 disabled child or adult may submit a request for an exception to
202 these requirements to the corporation and, thereafter, shall
203 annually submit to the department a request to renew the
204 exception to the hourly level requirements.
205 (d) Learn and remain informed about the choices available
206 on the FHIX marketplace and the uses of credits in the
207 individual accounts.
208 (e) Execute a contract with the department to acknowledge
210 1. FHIX is not an entitlement and state and federal funding
211 may end at any time;
212 2. Failure to pay required premiums or cost sharing will
213 result in a transition to inactive status; and
214 3. Noncompliance with work or educational requirements will
215 result in a transition to inactive status.
216 (f) Select plans and other products in a timely manner.
217 (g) Comply with program rules and the prohibitions against
218 fraud, as described in s. 414.39.
219 (h) Timely make monthly premium and any other cost-sharing
221 (i) Meet minimum coverage requirements by selecting a high
222 deductible health plan combined with a health savings or health
223 reimbursement account if not selecting a plan offering more
224 extensive coverage.
225 (5) COST SHARING.—
226 (a) Enrollees are assessed monthly premiums based on their
227 modified adjusted gross income. The maximum monthly premium
228 payments are set at the following income levels:
229 1. At or below 22 percent of the federal poverty level: $3.
230 2. Greater than 22 percent, but at or below 50 percent, of
231 the federal poverty level: $8.
232 3. Greater than 50 percent, but at or below 75 percent, of
233 the federal poverty level: $15.
234 4. Greater than 75 percent, but at or below 100 percent, of
235 the federal poverty level: $20.
236 5. Greater than 100 percent of the federal poverty level:
238 (b) Depending on the products and services selected by the
239 enrollee, the enrollee may also incur additional cost-sharing,
240 such as copayments, deductibles, or other out-of-pocket costs.
241 (c) An enrollee may be subject to an inappropriate
242 emergency room visit charge of up to $8 for the first visit and
243 up to $25 for any subsequent visit, based on the enrollee’s
244 benefit plan, to discourage inappropriate use of the emergency
246 (d) Cumulative annual cost sharing per enrollee may not
247 exceed 5 percent of an enrollee’s annual modified adjusted gross
249 (e) If, after a 30-day grace period, a full premium payment
250 has not been received, the enrollee shall be transitioned from
251 coverage to inactive status and may not reenroll for a minimum
252 of 6 months, unless a hardship exception has been granted.
253 Enrollees may seek a hardship exception under the Medicaid Fair
254 Hearing Process.
255 Section 6. Section 409.724, Florida Statutes, is created to
257 409.724 Available assistance.—
258 (1) PREMIUM CREDITS.—
259 (a) Standard amount.—The standard monthly premium credit is
260 equivalent to the applicable risk-adjusted capitation rate paid
261 to Medicaid managed care plans under part IV of this chapter.
262 (b) Supplemental funding.—Subject to federal approval,
263 additional resources may be made available to enrollees and
264 incorporated into FHIX.
265 (c) Savings accounts.—In addition to the benefits provided
266 under this section, the corporation must offer each enrollee
267 access to an individual account that qualifies as a health
268 reimbursement account or a health savings account. Eligible
269 unexpended funds from the monthly premium credit must be
270 deposited into each enrollee’s individual account in a timely
271 manner. Enrollees may also be rewarded for healthy behaviors,
272 adherence to wellness programs, and other activities established
273 by the corporation which demonstrate compliance with prevention
274 or disease management guidelines. Funds deposited into these
275 accounts may be used to pay cost-sharing obligations or to
276 purchase other health-related items to the extent permitted
277 under federal law.
278 (d) Enrollee contributions.—The enrollee may make deposits
279 to his or her account at any time to supplement the premium
280 credit, to purchase additional FHIX products, or to offset other
281 cost-sharing obligations.
282 (e) Third parties.—Third parties, including, but not
283 limited to, an employer or relative, may also make deposits on
284 behalf of the enrollee into the enrollee’s FHIX marketplace
285 account. The enrollee may not withdraw any funds as a refund,
286 except those funds the enrollee has deposited into his or her
288 (2) CHOICE COUNSELING.—The agency and the corporation shall
289 work together to develop a choice counseling program for FHIX.
290 The choice counseling program must ensure that participants have
291 information about the FHIX marketplace program, products, and
292 services and that participants know where and whom to call for
293 questions or to make their plan selections. The choice
294 counseling program must provide culturally sensitive materials
295 and must take into consideration the demographics of the
296 projected population.
297 (3) EDUCATION CAMPAIGN.—The agency, the corporation, and
298 the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation must coordinate an ongoing
299 enrollee education campaign beginning in Phase One, as provided
300 in s. 409.27, informing participants, at a minimum:
301 (a) How the transition process to the FHIX marketplace will
302 occur and the timeline for the enrollee’s specific transition.
303 (b) What plans are available and how to research
304 information about available plans.
305 (c) Information about other available insurance
306 affordability programs for the individual and his or her family.
307 (d) Information about health benefits coverage, provider
308 networks, and cost sharing for available plans in each region.
309 (e) Information on how to complete the required annual
310 renewal process, including renewal dates and deadlines.
311 (f) Information on how to update eligibility if the
312 participant’s data have changed since his or her last renewal or
313 application date.
314 (4) CUSTOMER SUPPORT.—Beginning in Phase Two, the Florida
315 Healthy Kids Corporation shall provide customer support for
316 FHIX, shall address general program information, financial
317 information, and customer service issues, and shall provide
318 status updates on bill payments. Customer support must also
319 provide a toll-free number and maintain a website that is
320 available in multiple languages and that meets the needs of the
321 enrollee population.
322 (5) INACTIVE PARTICIPANTS.—The corporation must inform the
323 inactive participant about other insurance affordability
324 programs and electronically refer the participant to the federal
325 exchange or other insurance affordability programs, as
327 Section 7. Section 409.725, Florida Statutes, is created to
329 409.725 Available products and services.—The FHIX
330 marketplace shall offer the following products and services:
331 (1) Authorized products and services pursuant to s.
333 (2) Medicaid managed care plans under part IV of this
335 (3) Authorized products under the Florida Healthy Kids
336 Corporation pursuant to s. 624.91.
337 (4) Employer-sponsored plans.
338 Section 8. Section 409.726, Florida Statutes, is created to
340 409.726 Program accountability.—
341 (1) All managed care plans that participate in FHIX must
342 collect and maintain encounter level data in accordance with the
343 encounter data requirements under s. 409.967(2)(d) and are
344 subject to the accompanying penalties under s. 409.967(2)(h)2.
345 The agency is responsible for the collection and maintenance of
346 the encounter level data.
347 (2) The corporation, in consultation with the agency, shall
348 establish access and network standards for contracts on the FHIX
349 marketplace and shall ensure that contracted plans have
350 sufficient providers to meet enrollee needs. The corporation, in
351 consultation with the agency, shall develop quality of coverage
352 and provider standards specific to the adult population.
353 (3) The department shall develop accountability measures
354 and performance standards to be applied to applications and
355 renewal applications for FHIX which are submitted online, by
356 mail, by fax, or through referrals from a third party. The
357 minimum performance standards are:
358 (a) Application processing speed.—Ninety percent of all
359 applications, from all sources, must be processed within 45
361 (b) Applications processing speed from online sources.
362 Ninety-five percent of all applications received from online
363 sources must be processed within 45 days.
364 (c) Renewal application processing speed.—Ninety percent of
365 all renewals, from all sources, must be processed within 45
367 (d) Renewal application processing speed from online
368 sources.—Ninety-five percent of all applications received from
369 online sources must be processed within 45 days.
370 (4) The agency, the department, and the Florida Healthy
371 Kids Corporation must meet the following standards for their
372 respective roles in the program:
373 (a) Eighty-five percent of calls must be answered in 20
374 seconds or less.
375 (b) One hundred percent of all contacts, which include, but
376 are not limited to, telephone calls, faxed documents and
377 requests, and e-mails, must be handled within 2 business days.
378 (c) Any self-service tools available to participants, such
379 as interactive voice response systems, must be operational 7
380 days a week, 24 hours a day, at least 98 percent of each month.
381 (5) The agency, the department, and the Florida Healthy
382 Kids Corporation must conduct an annual satisfaction survey to
383 address all measures that require participant input specific to
384 the FHIX marketplace program. The parties may elect to
385 incorporate these elements into the annual report required under
386 subsection (7).
387 (6) The agency and the corporation shall post online
388 monthly enrollment reports for FHIX.
389 (7) An annual report is due no later than July 1 to the
390 Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the
391 House of Representatives. The annual report must be coordinated
392 by the agency and the corporation and must include, but is not
393 limited to:
394 (a) Enrollment and application trends and issues.
395 (b) Utilization and cost data.
396 (c) Customer satisfaction.
397 (d) Funding sources in health savings accounts or health
398 reimbursement accounts.
399 (e) Enrollee use of funds in health savings accounts or
400 health reimbursement accounts.
401 (f) Types of products and plans purchased.
402 (g) Movement of enrollees across different insurance
403 affordability programs.
404 (h) Recommendations for program improvement.
405 Section 9. Section 409.727, Florida Statutes, is created to
407 409.727 Implementation schedule.—The agency, the
408 corporation, the department, and the Florida Healthy Kids
409 Corporation shall begin implementation of FHIX by the effective
410 date of this act, with statewide implementation in all regions,
411 as described in s. 409.966(2), by January 1, 2016.
412 (1) READINESS REVIEW.—Before implementation of any phase
413 under this section, the agency shall conduct a readiness review
414 in consultation with the FHIX Workgroup described in s. 409.729.
415 The agency must determine, at a minimum, the following readiness
417 (a) Functional readiness of the service delivery platform
418 for the phase.
419 (b) Plan availability and presence of plan choice.
420 (c) Provider network capacity and adequacy of the available
421 plans in the region.
422 (d) Availability of customer support.
423 (e) Other factors critical to the success of FHIX.
424 (2) PHASE ONE.—
425 (a) Phase One begins on July 1, 2015. The agency, the
426 corporation, the department, and the Florida Healthy Kids
427 Corporation shall coordinate activities to ensure that
428 enrollment begins by July 1, 2015.
429 (b) To be eligible during this phase, a participant must
430 meet the requirements under s. 409.723(1)(a).
431 (c) An enrollee is entitled to receive health benefits
432 coverage in the same manner as provided under and through the
433 selected managed care plans in the Medicaid managed care program
434 in part IV of this chapter.
435 (d) An enrollee shall have a choice of at least two managed
436 care plans in each region.
437 (e) Choice counseling and customer service must be provided
438 in accordance with s. 409.724(2).
439 (3) PHASE TWO.—
440 (a) Beginning no later than January 1, 2016, and contingent
441 upon federal approval, participants may enroll or transition to
442 health benefits coverage under the FHIX marketplace.
443 (b) To be eligible during this phase, a participant must
444 meet the requirements under s. 409.723(1)(a) and (b).
445 (c) An enrollee may select any benefit, service, or product
447 (d) The corporation shall notify an enrollee of his or her
448 premium credit amount and how to access the FHIX marketplace
449 selection process.
450 (e) A Phase One enrollee must be transitioned to the FHIX
451 marketplace by April 1, 2016. An enrollee who does not select a
452 plan or service on the FHIX marketplace by that deadline shall
453 be moved to inactive status.
454 (f) An enrollee shall have a choice of at least two managed
455 care plans in each region which meet or exceed the Affordable
456 Care Act’s requirements and which qualify for a premium credit
457 on the FHIX marketplace.
458 (g) Choice counseling and customer service must be provided
459 in accordance with s. 409.724(2) and (4).
460 (4) PHASE THREE.—
461 (a) No later than July 1, 2016, the corporation and the
462 Florida Healthy Kids Corporation must begin the transition of
463 enrollees under s. 624.91 to the FHIX marketplace.
464 (b) Eligibility during this phase is based on meeting the
465 requirements of Phase Two and s. 409.723(1)(c).
466 (c) An enrollee may select any benefit, service, or product
467 available under s. 409.725.
468 (d) A Florida Healthy Kids enrollee who selects a FHIX
469 marketplace plan must be provided a premium credit equivalent to
470 the average capitation rate paid in his or her county of
471 residence under Florida Healthy Kids as of June 30, 2016. The
472 enrollee is responsible for any difference in costs and may use
473 any remaining funds for supplemental benefits on the FHIX
475 (e) The corporation shall notify an enrollee of his or her
476 premium credit amount and how to access the FHIX marketplace
477 selection process.
478 (f) Choice counseling and customer service must be provided
479 in accordance with s. 409.724(2) and (4).
480 (g) Enrollees under s. 624.91 must transition to the FHIX
481 marketplace by September 30, 2016.
482 Section 10. Section 409.728, Florida Statutes, is created
483 to read:
484 409.728 Program operation and management.—In order to
485 implement ss. 409.720-409.731:
486 (1) The Agency for Health Care Administration shall do all
487 of the following:
488 (a) Contract with the corporation for the development,
489 implementation, and administration of the Florida Health
490 Insurance Affordability Exchange Program and for the release of
491 any federal, state, or other funds appropriated to the
493 (b) Administer Phase One of FHIX.
494 (c) Provide administrative support to the FHIX Workgroup
495 under s. 409.729.
496 (d) Transition the FHIX enrollees to the FHIX marketplace
497 beginning January 1, 2016, in accordance with the transition
498 workplan. Stakeholders that serve low-income individuals and
499 families must be consulted during the implementation and
500 transition process through a public input process. All regions
501 must complete the transition no later than April 1, 2016.
502 (e) Timely transmit enrollee information to the
504 (f) Beginning with Phase Two, determine annually the risk
505 adjusted rate to be paid per month based on historical
506 utilization and spending data for the medical and behavioral
507 health of this population, projected forward, and adjusted to
508 reflect the eligibility category, medical and dental trends,
509 geographic areas, and the clinical risk profile of the
511 (g) Transfer to the corporation such funds as approved in
512 the General Appropriations Act for the premium credits.
513 (h) Encourage Medicaid managed care plans to apply as
514 vendors to the marketplace to facilitate continuity of care and
515 family care coordination.
516 (2) The Department of Children and Families shall, in
517 coordination with the corporation, the agency, and the Florida
518 Healthy Kids Corporation, determine eligibility of applications
519 and application renewals for FHIX in accordance with s. 409.902
520 and shall transmit eligibility determination information on a
521 timely basis to the agency and corporation.
522 (3) The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation shall do all of
523 the following:
524 (a) Retain its duties and responsibilities under s. 624.91
525 for Phase One and Phase Two of the program.
526 (b) Provide customer service for the FHIX marketplace, in
527 coordination with the agency and the corporation.
528 (c) Transfer funds and provide financial support to the
529 FHIX marketplace, including the collection of monthly cost
531 (d) Conduct financial reporting related to such activities,
532 in coordination with the corporation and the agency.
533 (e) Coordinate activities for the program with the agency,
534 the department, and the corporation.
535 (4) Florida Health Choices, Inc., shall do all of the
537 (a) Begin the development of FHIX during Phase One.
538 (b) Implement and administer Phase Two and Phase Three of
539 the FHIX marketplace and the ongoing operations of the program.
540 (c) Offer health benefits coverage packages on the FHIX
541 marketplace, including plans compliant with the Affordable Care
543 (d) Offer FHIX enrollees a choice of at least two plans per
544 county at each benefit level which meet the requirements under
545 the Affordable Care Act.
546 (e) Provide an opportunity for participation in Medicaid
547 managed care plans if those plans meet the requirements of the
548 FHIX marketplace.
549 (f) Offer enhanced or customized benefits to FHIX
550 marketplace enrollees.
551 (g) Provide sufficient staff and resources to meet the
552 program needs of enrollees.
553 (h) Provide an opportunity for plans contracted with or
554 previously contracted with the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation
555 under s. 624.91 to participate with FHIX if those plans meet the
556 requirements of the program.
557 (i) Encourage insurance agents licensed under chapter 626
558 to identify and assist enrollees. This act does not prohibit
559 these agents from receiving usual and customary commissions from
560 insurers and health maintenance organizations that offer plans
561 in the FHIX marketplace.
562 Section 11. Section 409.729, Florida Statutes, is created
563 to read:
564 409.729 Long-term reorganization.—The FHIX Workgroup is
565 created to facilitate the implementation of FHIX and to plan for
566 a multiyear reorganization of the state’s insurance
567 affordability programs. The FHIX Workgroup consists of two
568 representatives each from the agency, the department, the
569 Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, and the corporation. An
570 additional representative of the agency serves as chair. The
571 FHIX Workgroup must hold its organizational meeting no later
572 than 30 days after the effective date of this act and must meet
573 at least bimonthly. The role of the FHIX Workgroup is to make
574 recommendations to the agency. The responsibilities of the
575 workgroup include, but are not limited to:
576 (1) Recommend a Phase Two implementation plan no later than
577 October 1, 2015.
578 (2) Review network and access standards for plans and
580 (3) Assess readiness and recommend actions needed to
581 reorganize the state’s insurance affordability programs for each
582 phase or region. If a phase or region receives a nonreadiness
583 recommendation, the agency must notify the Legislature of that
584 recommendation, the reasons for such a recommendation, and
585 proposed plans for achieving readiness.
586 (4) Recommend any proposed change to the Title XIX-funded
587 or Title XXI-funded programs based on the continued availability
588 and reauthorization of the Title XXI program and its federal
590 (5) Identify duplication of services among the corporation,
591 the agency, and the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation currently
592 and under FHIX’s proposed Phase Three program.
593 (6) Evaluate any fiscal impacts based on the proposed
594 transition plan under Phase Three.
595 (7) Compile a schedule of impacted contracts, leases, and
596 other assets.
597 (8) Determine staff requirements for Phase Three.
598 (9) Develop and present a final transition plan that
599 incorporates all elements under this section no later than
600 December 1, 2015, in a report to the Governor, the President of
601 the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
602 Section 12. Section 409.730, Florida Statutes, is created
603 to read:
604 409.730 Federal participation.—The agency may seek federal
605 approval to implement FHIX.
606 Section 13. Section 409.731, Florida Statutes, is created
607 to read:
608 409.731 Program expiration.—The Florida Health Insurance
609 Affordability Exchange Program expires at the end of Phase One
610 if the state does not receive federal approval for Phase Two or
611 at the end of the state fiscal year in which any of these
612 conditions occurs:
613 (1) The federal match contribution falls below 90 percent.
614 (2) The federal match contribution falls below the
615 increased Federal Medical Assistance Percentage for medical
616 assistance for newly eligible mandatory individuals as specified
617 in the Affordable Care Act.
618 (3) The federal match for the FHIX program and the Medicaid
619 program are blended under federal law or regulation in such a
620 manner that causes the overall federal contribution to diminish
621 when compared to separate, nonblended federal contributions.
622 Section 14. Section 408.70, Florida Statutes, is repealed.
623 Section 15. Section 408.910, Florida Statutes, is amended
624 to read:
625 408.910 Florida Health Choices Program.—
626 (1) LEGISLATIVE INTENT.—The Legislature finds that a
627 significant number of the residents of this state do not have
628 adequate access to affordable, quality health care. The
629 Legislature further finds that increasing access to affordable,
630 quality health care can be best accomplished by establishing a
631 competitive market for purchasing health insurance and health
632 services. It is therefore the intent of the Legislature to
633 create and expand the Florida Health Choices Program to:
634 (a) Expand opportunities for Floridians to purchase
635 affordable health insurance and health services.
636 (b) Preserve the benefits of employment-sponsored insurance
637 while easing the administrative burden for employers who offer
638 these benefits.
639 (c) Enable individual choice in both the manner and amount
640 of health care purchased.
641 (d) Provide for the purchase of individual, portable health
642 care coverage.
643 (e) Disseminate information to consumers on the price and
644 quality of health services.
645 (f) Sponsor a competitive market that stimulates product
646 innovation, quality improvement, and efficiency in the
647 production and delivery of health services.
648 (2) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:
649 (a) “Corporation” means the Florida Health Choices, Inc.,
650 established under this section.
651 (b) “Corporation’s marketplace” means the single,
652 centralized market established by the program that facilitates
653 the purchase of products made available in the marketplace.
654 (c) “Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange
655 Program” or “FHIX” is the program created under ss. 409.720
656 409.731 for low-income, uninsured residents of this state.
(c) “Health insurance agent” means an agent licensed
658 under part IV of chapter 626.
659 (e) (d) “Insurer” means an entity licensed under chapter 624
660 which offers an individual health insurance policy or a group
661 health insurance policy, a preferred provider organization as
662 defined in s. 627.6471, an exclusive provider organization as
663 defined in s. 627.6472, or a health maintenance organization
664 licensed under part I of chapter 641, or a prepaid limited
665 health service organization or discount medical plan
666 organization licensed under chapter 636, or a managed care plan
667 contracted with the Agency for Health Care Administration under
668 the managed medical assistance program under part IV of chapter
670 (f) “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” or
671 “Affordable Care Act” means Pub. L. No. 111-148, as further
672 amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of
673 2010, Pub. L. No. 111-152, and any amendments to or regulations
674 or guidance under those acts.
675 (g) (e) “Program” means the Florida Health Choices Program
676 established by this section.
677 (3) PROGRAM PURPOSE AND COMPONENTS.—The Florida Health
678 Choices Program is created as a single, centralized market for
679 the sale and purchase of various products that enable
680 individuals to pay for health care. These products include, but
681 are not limited to, health insurance plans, health maintenance
682 organization plans, prepaid services, service contracts, and
683 flexible spending accounts. The components of the program
685 (a) Enrollment of employers.
686 (b) Administrative services for participating employers,
688 1. Assistance in seeking federal approval of cafeteria
690 2. Collection of premiums and other payments.
691 3. Management of individual benefit accounts.
692 4. Distribution of premiums to insurers and payments to
693 other eligible vendors.
694 5. Assistance for participants in complying with reporting
696 (c) Services to individual participants, including:
697 1. Information about available products and participating
699 2. Assistance with assessing the benefits and limits of
700 each product, including information necessary to distinguish
701 between policies offering creditable coverage and other products
702 available through the program.
703 3. Account information to assist individual participants
704 with managing available resources.
705 4. Services that promote healthy behaviors.
706 5. Health benefits coverage information about health
707 insurance plans compliant with the Affordable Care Act.
708 6. Consumer assistance and enrollment services for the
709 Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange Program, or
711 (d) Recruitment of vendors, including insurers, health
712 maintenance organizations, prepaid clinic service providers,
713 provider service networks, and other providers.
714 (e) Certification of vendors to ensure capability,
715 reliability, and validity of offerings.
716 (f) Collection of data, monitoring, assessment, and
717 reporting of vendor performance.
718 (g) Information services for individuals and employers.
719 (h) Program evaluation.
720 (4) ELIGIBILITY AND PARTICIPATION.—Participation in the
721 program is voluntary and shall be available to employers,
722 individuals, vendors, and health insurance agents as specified
723 in this subsection.
724 (a) Employers eligible to enroll in the program include
725 those employers that meet criteria established by the
726 corporation and elect to make their employees eligible through
727 the program.
728 (b) Individuals eligible to participate in the program
730 1. Individual employees of enrolled employers.
731 2. Other individuals that meet criteria established by the
733 (c) Employers who choose to participate in the program may
734 enroll by complying with the procedures established by the
735 corporation. The procedures must include, but are not limited
737 1. Submission of required information.
738 2. Compliance with federal tax requirements for the
739 establishment of a cafeteria plan, pursuant to s. 125 of the
740 Internal Revenue Code, including designation of the employer’s
741 plan as a premium payment plan, a salary reduction plan that has
742 flexible spending arrangements, or a salary reduction plan that
743 has a premium payment and flexible spending arrangements.
744 3. Determination of the employer’s contribution, if any,
745 per employee, provided that such contribution is equal for each
746 eligible employee.
747 4. Establishment of payroll deduction procedures, subject
748 to the agreement of each individual employee who voluntarily
749 participates in the program.
750 5. Designation of the corporation as the third-party
751 administrator for the employer’s health benefit plan.
752 6. Identification of eligible employees.
753 7. Arrangement for periodic payments.
754 8. Employer notification to employees of the intent to
755 transfer from an existing employee health plan to the program at
756 least 90 days before the transition.
757 (d) All eligible vendors who choose to participate and the
758 products and services that the vendors are permitted to sell are
759 as follows:
760 1. Insurers licensed under chapter 624 may sell health
761 insurance policies, limited benefit policies, other risk-bearing
762 coverage, and other products or services.
763 2. Health maintenance organizations licensed under part I
764 of chapter 641 may sell health maintenance contracts, limited
765 benefit policies, other risk-bearing products, and other
766 products or services.
767 3. Prepaid limited health service organizations may sell
768 products and services as authorized under part I of chapter 636,
769 and discount medical plan organizations may sell products and
770 services as authorized under part II of chapter 636.
771 4. Prepaid health clinic service providers licensed under
772 part II of chapter 641 may sell prepaid service contracts and
773 other arrangements for a specified amount and type of health
774 services or treatments.
775 5. Health care providers, including hospitals and other
776 licensed health facilities, health care clinics, licensed health
777 professionals, pharmacies, and other licensed health care
778 providers, may sell service contracts and arrangements for a
779 specified amount and type of health services or treatments.
780 6. Provider organizations, including service networks,
781 group practices, professional associations, and other
782 incorporated organizations of providers, may sell service
783 contracts and arrangements for a specified amount and type of
784 health services or treatments.
785 7. Corporate entities providing specific health services in
786 accordance with applicable state law may sell service contracts
787 and arrangements for a specified amount and type of health
788 services or treatments.
790 A vendor described in subparagraphs 3.-7. may not sell products
791 that provide risk-bearing coverage unless that vendor is
792 authorized under a certificate of authority issued by the Office
793 of Insurance Regulation and is authorized to provide coverage in
794 the relevant geographic area. Otherwise eligible vendors may be
795 excluded from participating in the program for deceptive or
796 predatory practices, financial insolvency, or failure to comply
797 with the terms of the participation agreement or other standards
798 set by the corporation.
799 (e) Eligible individuals may participate in the program
800 voluntarily. Individuals who join the program may participate by
801 complying with the procedures established by the corporation.
802 These procedures must include, but are not limited to:
803 1. Submission of required information.
804 2. Authorization for payroll deduction, if applicable.
805 3. Compliance with federal tax requirements.
806 4. Arrangements for payment.
807 5. Selection of products and services.
808 (f) Vendors who choose to participate in the program may
809 enroll by complying with the procedures established by the
810 corporation. These procedures may include, but are not limited
812 1. Submission of required information, including a complete
813 description of the coverage, services, provider network, payment
814 restrictions, and other requirements of each product offered
815 through the program.
816 2. Execution of an agreement to comply with requirements
817 established by the corporation.
818 3. Execution of an agreement that prohibits refusal to sell
819 any offered product or service to a participant who elects to
820 buy it.
821 4. Establishment of product prices based on applicable
823 5. Arrangements for receiving payment for enrolled
825 6. Participation in ongoing reporting processes established
826 by the corporation.
827 7. Compliance with grievance procedures established by the
829 (g) Health insurance agents licensed under part IV of
830 chapter 626 are eligible to voluntarily participate as buyers’
831 representatives. A buyer’s representative acts on behalf of an
832 individual purchasing health insurance and health services
833 through the program by providing information about products and
834 services available through the program and assisting the
835 individual with both the decision and the procedure of selecting
836 specific products. Serving as a buyer’s representative does not
837 constitute a conflict of interest with continuing
838 responsibilities as a health insurance agent if the relationship
839 between each agent and any participating vendor is disclosed
840 before advising an individual participant about the products and
841 services available through the program. In order to participate,
842 a health insurance agent shall comply with the procedures
843 established by the corporation, including:
844 1. Completion of training requirements.
845 2. Execution of a participation agreement specifying the
846 terms and conditions of participation.
847 3. Disclosure of any appointments to solicit insurance or
848 procure applications for vendors participating in the program.
849 4. Arrangements to receive payment from the corporation for
850 services as a buyer’s representative.
851 (5) PRODUCTS.—
852 (a) The products that may be made available for purchase
853 through the program include, but are not limited to:
854 1. Health insurance policies.
855 2. Health maintenance contracts.
856 3. Limited benefit plans.
857 4. Prepaid clinic services.
858 5. Service contracts.
859 6. Arrangements for purchase of specific amounts and types
860 of health services and treatments.
861 7. Flexible spending accounts.
862 (b) Health insurance policies, health maintenance
863 contracts, limited benefit plans, prepaid service contracts, and
864 other contracts for services must ensure the availability of
865 covered services.
866 (c) Products may be offered for multiyear periods provided
867 the price of the product is specified for the entire period or
868 for each separately priced segment of the policy or contract.
869 (d) The corporation shall provide a disclosure form for
870 consumers to acknowledge their understanding of the nature of,
871 and any limitations to, the benefits provided by the products
872 and services being purchased by the consumer.
873 (e) The corporation must determine that making the plan
874 available through the program is in the interest of eligible
875 individuals and eligible employers in the state.
876 (6) PRICING.—Prices for the products and services sold
877 through the program must be transparent to participants and
878 established by the vendors. The corporation may shall annually
879 assess a surcharge for each premium or price set by a
880 participating vendor. Any The surcharge may not be more than 2.5
881 percent of the price and shall be used to generate funding for
882 administrative services provided by the corporation and payments
883 to buyers’ representatives; however, a surcharge may not be
884 assessed for products and services sold in the FHIX marketplace.
885 (7) THE MARKETPLACE PROCESS.—The program shall provide a
886 single, centralized market for purchase of health insurance,
887 health maintenance contracts, and other health products and
888 services. Purchases may be made by participating individuals
889 over the Internet or through the services of a participating
890 health insurance agent. Information about each product and
891 service available through the program shall be made available
892 through printed material and an interactive Internet website.
893 (a) Marketplace purchasing.—A participant needing personal
894 assistance to select products and services shall be referred to
895 a participating agent in his or her area.
896 1. (a) Participation in the program may begin at any time
897 during a year after the employer completes enrollment and meets
898 the requirements specified by the corporation pursuant to
899 paragraph (4)(c).
900 2. (b) Initial selection of products and services must be
901 made by an individual participant within the applicable open
902 enrollment period.
903 3. (c) Initial enrollment periods for each product selected
904 by an individual participant must last at least 12 months,
905 unless the individual participant specifically agrees to a
906 different enrollment period.
907 4. (d) If an individual has selected one or more products
908 and enrolled in those products for at least 12 months or any
909 other period specifically agreed to by the individual
910 participant, changes in selected products and services may only
911 be made during the annual enrollment period established by the
913 5. (e) The limits established in subparagraphs 2., 3., and
914 4. paragraphs (b)-(d) apply to any risk-bearing product that
915 promises future payment or coverage for a variable amount of
916 benefits or services. The limits do not apply to initiation of
917 flexible spending plans if those plans are not associated with
918 specific high-deductible insurance policies or the use of
919 spending accounts for any products offering individual
920 participants specific amounts and types of health services and
921 treatments at a contracted price.
922 (b) FHIX marketplace purchasing.—
923 1. Participation in the FHIX marketplace may begin at any
924 time during the year.
925 2. Initial enrollment periods for certain products selected
926 by an individual enrollee which are noncompliant with the
927 Affordable Care Act may be required to last at least 12 months,
928 unless the individual participant specifically agrees to a
929 different enrollment period.
930 (8) CONSUMER INFORMATION.—The corporation shall:
931 (a) Establish a secure website to facilitate the purchase
932 of products and services by participating individuals. The
933 website must provide information about each product or service
934 available through the program.
935 (b) Inform individuals about other public health care
937 (9) RISK POOLING.—The program may use methods for pooling
938 the risk of individual participants and preventing selection
939 bias. These methods may include, but are not limited to, a
940 postenrollment risk adjustment of the premium payments to the
941 vendors. The corporation may establish a methodology for
942 assessing the risk of enrolled individual participants based on
943 data reported annually by the vendors about their enrollees.
944 Distribution of payments to the vendors may be adjusted based on
945 the assessed relative risk profile of the enrollees in each
946 risk-bearing product for the most recent period for which data
947 is available.
948 (10) EXEMPTIONS.—
949 (a) Products, other than the products set forth in
950 subparagraphs (4)(d)1.-4., sold as part of the program are not
951 subject to the licensing requirements of the Florida Insurance
952 Code, as defined in s. 624.01 or the mandated offerings or
953 coverages established in part VI of chapter 627 and chapter 641.
954 (b) The corporation may act as an administrator as defined
955 in s. 626.88 but is not required to be certified pursuant to
956 part VII of chapter 626. However, a third party administrator
957 used by the corporation must be certified under part VII of
958 chapter 626.
959 (c) Any standard forms, website design, or marketing
960 communication developed by the corporation and used by the
961 corporation, or any vendor that meets the requirements of
962 paragraph (4)(f) is not subject to the Florida Insurance Code,
963 as established in s. 624.01.
964 (11) CORPORATION.—There is created the Florida Health
965 Choices, Inc., which shall be registered, incorporated,
966 organized, and operated in compliance with part III of chapter
967 112 and chapters 119, 286, and 617. The purpose of the
968 corporation is to administer the program created in this section
969 and to conduct such other business as may further the
970 administration of the program.
971 (a) The corporation shall be governed by a 15-member board
972 of directors consisting of:
973 1. Three ex officio, nonvoting members to include:
974 a. The Secretary of Health Care Administration or a
975 designee with expertise in health care services.
976 b. The Secretary of Management Services or a designee with
977 expertise in state employee benefits.
978 c. The commissioner of the Office of Insurance Regulation
979 or a designee with expertise in insurance regulation.
980 2. Four members appointed by and serving at the pleasure of
981 the Governor.
982 3. Four members appointed by and serving at the pleasure of
983 the President of the Senate.
984 4. Four members appointed by and serving at the pleasure of
985 the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
986 5. Board members may not include insurers, health insurance
987 agents or brokers, health care providers, health maintenance
988 organizations, prepaid service providers, or any other entity,
989 affiliate, or subsidiary of eligible vendors.
990 (b) Members shall be appointed for terms of up to 3 years.
991 Any member is eligible for reappointment. A vacancy on the board
992 shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term in the
993 same manner as the original appointment.
994 (c) The board shall select a chief executive officer for
995 the corporation who shall be responsible for the selection of
996 such other staff as may be authorized by the corporation’s
997 operating budget as adopted by the board.
998 (d) Board members are entitled to receive, from funds of
999 the corporation, reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses
1000 as provided by s. 112.061. No other compensation is authorized.
1001 (e) There is no liability on the part of, and no cause of
1002 action shall arise against, any member of the board or its
1003 employees or agents for any action taken by them in the
1004 performance of their powers and duties under this section.
1005 (f) The board shall develop and adopt bylaws and other
1006 corporate procedures as necessary for the operation of the
1007 corporation and carrying out the purposes of this section. The
1008 bylaws shall:
1009 1. Specify procedures for selection of officers and
1010 qualifications for reappointment, provided that no board member
1011 shall serve more than 9 consecutive years.
1012 2. Require an annual membership meeting that provides an
1013 opportunity for input and interaction with individual
1014 participants in the program.
1015 3. Specify policies and procedures regarding conflicts of
1016 interest, including the provisions of part III of chapter 112,
1017 which prohibit a member from participating in any decision that
1018 would inure to the benefit of the member or the organization
1019 that employs the member. The policies and procedures shall also
1020 require public disclosure of the interest that prevents the
1021 member from participating in a decision on a particular matter.
1022 (g) The corporation may exercise all powers granted to it
1023 under chapter 617 necessary to carry out the purposes of this
1024 section, including, but not limited to, the power to receive and
1025 accept grants, loans, or advances of funds from any public or
1026 private agency and to receive and accept from any source
1027 contributions of money, property, labor, or any other thing of
1028 value to be held, used, and applied for the purposes of this
1030 (h) The corporation may establish technical advisory panels
1031 consisting of interested parties, including consumers, health
1032 care providers, individuals with expertise in insurance
1033 regulation, and insurers.
1034 (i) The corporation shall:
1035 1. Determine eligibility of employers, vendors,
1036 individuals, and agents in accordance with subsection (4).
1037 2. Establish procedures necessary for the operation of the
1038 program, including, but not limited to, procedures for
1039 application, enrollment, risk assessment, risk adjustment, plan
1040 administration, performance monitoring, and consumer education.
1041 3. Arrange for collection of contributions from
1042 participating employers, third parties, governmental entities,
1043 and individuals.
1044 4. Arrange for payment of premiums and other appropriate
1045 disbursements based on the selections of products and services
1046 by the individual participants.
1047 5. Establish criteria for disenrollment of participating
1048 individuals based on failure to pay the individual’s share of
1049 any contribution required to maintain enrollment in selected
1051 6. Establish criteria for exclusion of vendors pursuant to
1052 paragraph (4)(d).
1053 7. Develop and implement a plan for promoting public
1054 awareness of and participation in the program.
1055 8. Secure staff and consultant services necessary to the
1056 operation of the program.
1057 9. Establish policies and procedures regarding
1058 participation in the program for individuals, vendors, health
1059 insurance agents, and employers.
1060 10. Provide for the operation of a toll-free hotline to
1061 respond to requests for assistance.
1062 11. Provide for initial, open, and special enrollment
1064 12. Evaluate options for employer participation which may
1065 conform to with common insurance practices.
1066 13. Administer the Florida Health Insurance Affordability
1067 Exchange Program in accordance with ss. 409.720-409.731.
1068 14. Coordinate with the Agency for Health Care
1069 Administration, the Department of Children and Families, and the
1070 Florida Healthy Kids Corporation on the transition plan for FHIX
1071 and any subsequent transition activities.
1072 (12) REPORT.—The board of the corporation shall Beginning
1073 in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, submit by February 1 an annual
1074 report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the
1075 Speaker of the House of Representatives documenting the
1076 corporation’s activities in compliance with the duties
1077 delineated in this section.
1078 (13) PROGRAM INTEGRITY.—To ensure program integrity and to
1079 safeguard the financial transactions made under the auspices of
1080 the program, the corporation is authorized to establish
1081 qualifying criteria and certification procedures for vendors,
1082 require performance bonds or other guarantees of ability to
1083 complete contractual obligations, monitor the performance of
1084 vendors, and enforce the agreements of the program through
1085 financial penalty or disqualification from the program.
1086 (14) EXEMPTION FROM PUBLIC RECORDS REQUIREMENTS.—
1087 (a) Definitions.—For purposes of this subsection, the term:
1088 1. “Buyer’s representative” means a participating insurance
1089 agent as described in paragraph (4)(g).
1090 2. “Enrollee” means an employer who is eligible to enroll
1091 in the program pursuant to paragraph (4)(a).
1092 3. “Participant” means an individual who is eligible to
1093 participate in the program pursuant to paragraph (4)(b).
1094 4. “Proprietary confidential business information” means
1095 information, regardless of form or characteristics, that is
1096 owned or controlled by a vendor requesting confidentiality under
1097 this section; that is intended to be and is treated by the
1098 vendor as private in that the disclosure of the information
1099 would cause harm to the business operations of the vendor; that
1100 has not been disclosed unless disclosed pursuant to a statutory
1101 provision, an order of a court or administrative body, or a
1102 private agreement providing that the information may be released
1103 to the public; and that is information concerning:
1104 a. Business plans.
1105 b. Internal auditing controls and reports of internal
1107 c. Reports of external auditors for privately held
1109 d. Client and customer lists.
1110 e. Potentially patentable material.
1111 f. A trade secret as defined in s. 688.002.
1112 5. “Vendor” means a participating insurer or other provider
1113 of services as described in paragraph (4)(d).
1114 (b) Public record exemptions.—
1115 1. Personal identifying information of an enrollee or
1116 participant who has applied for or participates in the Florida
1117 Health Choices Program is confidential and exempt from s.
1118 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution.
1119 2. Client and customer lists of a buyer’s representative
1120 held by the corporation are confidential and exempt from s.
1121 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution.
1122 3. Proprietary confidential business information held by
1123 the corporation is confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and
1124 s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution.
1125 (c) Retroactive application.—The public record exemptions
1126 provided for in paragraph (b) apply to information held by the
1127 corporation before, on, or after the effective date of this
1129 (d) Authorized release.—
1130 1. Upon request, information made confidential and exempt
1131 pursuant to this subsection shall be disclosed to:
1132 a. Another governmental entity in the performance of its
1133 official duties and responsibilities.
1134 b. Any person who has the written consent of the program
1136 c. The Florida Kidcare program for the purpose of
1137 administering the program authorized in ss. 409.810-409.821.
1138 2. Paragraph (b) does not prohibit a participant’s legal
1139 guardian from obtaining confirmation of coverage, dates of
1140 coverage, the name of the participant’s health plan, and the
1141 amount of premium being paid.
1142 (e) Penalty.—A person who knowingly and willfully violates
1143 this subsection commits a misdemeanor of the second degree,
1144 punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
1145 (f) Review and repeal.—This subsection is subject to the
1146 Open Government Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15,
1147 and shall stand repealed on October 2, 2016, unless reviewed and
1148 saved from repeal through reenactment by the Legislature.
1149 Section 16. Subsection (2) of section 409.904, Florida
1150 Statutes, is amended to read:
1151 409.904 Optional payments for eligible persons.—The agency
1152 may make payments for medical assistance and related services on
1153 behalf of the following persons who are determined to be
1154 eligible subject to the income, assets, and categorical
1155 eligibility tests set forth in federal and state law. Payment on
1156 behalf of these Medicaid eligible persons is subject to the
1157 availability of moneys and any limitations established by the
1158 General Appropriations Act or chapter 216.
1159 (2) A family, a pregnant woman, a child under age 21, a
1160 person age 65 or over, or a blind or disabled person, who would
1161 be eligible under any group listed in s. 409.903(1), (2), or
1162 (3), except that the income or assets of such family or person
1163 exceed established limitations. For a family or person in one of
1164 these coverage groups, medical expenses are deductible from
1165 income in accordance with federal requirements in order to make
1166 a determination of eligibility. A family or person eligible
1167 under the coverage known as the “medically needy,” is eligible
1168 to receive the same services as other Medicaid recipients, with
1169 the exception of services in skilled nursing facilities and
1170 intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled.
1171 Effective October 1, 2015, persons eligible under “medically
1172 needy” shall be limited to children under the age of 21 and
1173 pregnant women. This subsection expires October 1, 2019.
1174 Section 17. Section 624.91, Florida Statutes, is amended to
1176 624.91 The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation Act.—
1177 (1) SHORT TITLE.—This section may be cited as the “William
1178 G. ‘Doc’ Myers Healthy Kids Corporation Act.”
1179 (2) LEGISLATIVE INTENT.—
1180 (a) The Legislature finds that increased access to health
1181 care services could improve children’s health and reduce the
1182 incidence and costs of childhood illness and disabilities among
1183 children in this state. Many children do not have comprehensive,
1184 affordable health care services available. It is the intent of
1185 the Legislature that the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation
1186 provide comprehensive health insurance coverage to such
1187 children. The corporation is encouraged to cooperate with any
1188 existing health service programs funded by the public or the
1189 private sector.
1190 (b) It is the intent of the Legislature that the Florida
1191 Healthy Kids Corporation serve as one of several providers of
1192 services to children eligible for medical assistance under Title
1193 XXI of the Social Security Act. Although the corporation may
1194 serve other children, the Legislature intends the primary
1195 recipients of services provided through the corporation be
1196 school-age children with a family income below 200 percent of
1197 the federal poverty level, who do not qualify for Medicaid. It
1198 is also the intent of the Legislature that state and local
1199 government Florida Healthy Kids funds be used to continue
1200 coverage, subject to specific appropriations in the General
1201 Appropriations Act, to children not eligible for federal
1202 matching funds under Title XXI.
1203 (3) ELIGIBILITY FOR STATE-FUNDED ASSISTANCE.—Only residents
1204 of this state are eligible the following individuals are
1205 eligible for state-funded assistance in paying Florida Healthy
1206 Kids premiums pursuant to s. 409.814. :
1207 (a) Residents of this state who are eligible for the
1208 Florida Kidcare program pursuant to s. 409.814.
1209 (b) Notwithstanding s. 409.814, legal aliens who are
1210 enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids program as of January 31,
1211 2004, who do not qualify for Title XXI federal funds because
1212 they are not qualified aliens as defined in s. 409.811.
1213 (4) NONENTITLEMENT.—Nothing in this section shall be
1214 construed as providing an individual with an entitlement to
1215 health care services. No cause of action shall arise against the
1216 state, the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, or a unit of local
1217 government for failure to make health services available under
1218 this section.
1219 (5) CORPORATION AUTHORIZATION, DUTIES, POWERS.—
1220 (a) There is created the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation,
1221 a not-for-profit corporation.
1222 (b) The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation shall:
1223 1. Arrange for the collection of any individual, family,
1224 local contributions, or employer payment or premium, in an
1225 amount to be determined by the board of directors, to provide
1226 for payment of premiums for comprehensive insurance coverage and
1227 for the actual or estimated administrative expenses.
1228 2. Arrange for the collection of any voluntary
1229 contributions to provide for payment of Florida Kidcare program
1230 or Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange Program
1231 premiums for children who are not eligible for medical
1232 assistance under Title XIX or Title XXI of the Social Security
1234 3. Subject to the provisions of s. 409.8134, accept
1235 voluntary supplemental local match contributions that comply
1236 with the requirements of Title XXI of the Social Security Act
1237 for the purpose of providing additional Florida Kidcare coverage
1238 in contributing counties under Title XXI.
1239 4. Establish the administrative and accounting procedures
1240 for the operation of the corporation.
1241 4. 5. Establish, with consultation from appropriate
1242 professional organizations, standards for preventive health
1243 services and providers and comprehensive insurance benefits
1244 appropriate to children, provided that such standards for rural
1245 areas shall not limit primary care providers to board-certified
1247 5. 6. Determine eligibility for children seeking to
1248 participate in the Title XXI-funded components of the Florida
1249 Kidcare program consistent with the requirements specified in s.
1250 409.814 , as well as the non-Title-XXI-eligible children as
1251 provided in subsection (3).
1252 6. 7. Establish procedures under which providers of local
1253 match to, applicants to and participants in the program may have
1254 grievances reviewed by an impartial body and reported to the
1255 board of directors of the corporation.
1256 7. 8. Establish participation criteria and, if appropriate,
1257 contract with an authorized insurer, health maintenance
1258 organization, or third-party administrator to provide
1259 administrative services to the corporation.
1260 8. 9. Establish enrollment criteria that include penalties
1261 or waiting periods of 30 days for reinstatement of coverage upon
1262 voluntary cancellation for nonpayment of family or individual
1264 9. 10. Contract with authorized insurers or any provider of
1265 health care services, meeting standards established by the
1266 corporation, for the provision of comprehensive insurance
1267 coverage to participants. Such standards shall include criteria
1268 under which the corporation may contract with more than one
1269 provider of health care services in program sites.
1270 a. Health plans shall be selected through a competitive bid
1271 process. The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation shall purchase
1272 goods and services in the most cost-effective manner consistent
1273 with the delivery of quality medical care.
1274 b. The maximum administrative cost for a Florida Healthy
1275 Kids Corporation contract shall be 15 percent. For health and
1276 dental care contracts, the minimum medical loss ratio for a
1277 Florida Healthy Kids Corporation contract shall be 85 percent.
1278 The calculations must use uniform financial data collected from
1279 all plans in a format established by the corporation and shall
1280 be computed for each plan on a statewide basis. Funds shall be
1281 classified in a manner consistent with 45 C.F.R. part 158 For
1282 dental contracts, the remaining compensation to be paid to the
1283 authorized insurer or provider under a Florida Healthy Kids
1284 Corporation contract shall be no less than an amount which is 85
1285 percent of premium; to the extent any contract provision does
1286 not provide for this minimum compensation, this section shall
1288 c. The health plan selection criteria and scoring system,
1289 and the scoring results, shall be available upon request for
1290 inspection after the bids have been awarded.
1291 d. Effective July 1, 2016, health and dental services
1292 contracts of the corporation must transition to the FHIX
1293 marketplace under s. 409.722. Qualifying plans may enroll as
1294 vendors with the FHIX marketplace to maintain continuity of care
1295 for participants.
1296 10. 11. Establish disenrollment criteria in the event local
1297 matching funds are insufficient to cover enrollments.
1298 11. 12. Develop and implement a plan to publicize the
1299 Florida Kidcare program, the eligibility requirements of the
1300 program, and the procedures for enrollment in the program and to
1301 maintain public awareness of the corporation and the program.
1302 12. 13. Secure staff necessary to properly administer the
1303 corporation. Staff costs shall be funded from state and local
1304 matching funds and such other private or public funds as become
1305 available. The board of directors shall determine the number of
1306 staff members necessary to administer the corporation.
1307 13. 14. In consultation with the partner agencies, provide a
1308 report on the Florida Kidcare program annually to the Governor,
1309 the Chief Financial Officer, the Commissioner of Education, the
1310 President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of
1311 Representatives, and the Minority Leaders of the Senate and the
1312 House of Representatives.
1313 14. 15. Provide information on a quarterly basis online to
1314 the Legislature and the Governor which compares the costs and
1315 utilization of the full-pay enrolled population and the Title
1316 XXI-subsidized enrolled population in the Florida Kidcare
1317 program. The information, at a minimum, must include:
1318 a. The monthly enrollment and expenditure for full-pay
1319 enrollees in the Medikids and Florida Healthy Kids programs
1320 compared to the Title XXI-subsidized enrolled population; and
1321 b. The costs and utilization by service of the full-pay
1322 enrollees in the Medikids and Florida Healthy Kids programs and
1323 the Title XXI-subsidized enrolled population.
1324 15. 16. Establish benefit packages that conform to the
1325 provisions of the Florida Kidcare program, as created in ss.
1327 16. Contract with other insurance affordability programs
1328 and FHIX to provide customer service or other enrollment-focused
1330 17. Annually develop performance metrics for the following
1331 focus areas:
1332 a. Administrative functions.
1333 b. Contracting with vendors.
1334 c. Customer service.
1335 d. Enrollee education.
1336 e. Financial services.
1337 f. Program integrity.
1338 (c) Coverage under the corporation’s program is secondary
1339 to any other available private coverage held by, or applicable
1340 to, the participant child or family member. Insurers under
1341 contract with the corporation are the payors of last resort and
1342 must coordinate benefits with any other third-party payor that
1343 may be liable for the participant’s medical care.
1344 (d) The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation shall be a private
1345 corporation not for profit, organized pursuant to chapter 617,
1346 and shall have all powers necessary to carry out the purposes of
1347 this act, including, but not limited to, the power to receive
1348 and accept grants, loans, or advances of funds from any public
1349 or private agency and to receive and accept from any source
1350 contributions of money, property, labor, or any other thing of
1351 value, to be held, used, and applied for the purposes of this
1353 (6) BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND MANAGEMENT SUPERVISION.—
1354 (a) The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation shall operate
1355 subject to the supervision and approval of a board of directors.
1356 The board chair shall be an appointee designated by the
1357 Governor, and the board shall be chaired by the Chief Financial
1358 Officer or her or his designee, and composed of 12 other
1359 members. The Senate shall confirm the designated chair and other
1360 board appointees. The board members shall be appointed selected
1361 for 3-year terms. of office as follows:
1362 1. The Secretary of Health Care Administration, or his or
1363 her designee.
1364 2. One member appointed by the Commissioner of Education
1365 from the Office of School Health Programs of the Florida
1366 Department of Education.
1367 3. One member appointed by the Chief Financial Officer from
1368 among three members nominated by the Florida Pediatric Society.
1369 4. One member, appointed by the Governor, who represents
1370 the Children’s Medical Services Program.
1371 5. One member appointed by the Chief Financial Officer from
1372 among three members nominated by the Florida Hospital
1374 6. One member, appointed by the Governor, who is an expert
1375 on child health policy.
1376 7. One member, appointed by the Chief Financial Officer,
1377 from among three members nominated by the Florida Academy of
1378 Family Physicians.
1379 8. One member, appointed by the Governor, who represents
1380 the state Medicaid program.
1381 9. One member, appointed by the Chief Financial Officer,
1382 from among three members nominated by the Florida Association of
1384 10. The State Health Officer or her or his designee.
1385 11. The Secretary of Children and Families, or his or her
1387 12. One member, appointed by the Governor, from among three
1388 members nominated by the Florida Dental Association.
1389 (b) A member of the board of directors serves at the
1390 pleasure of the Governor may be removed by the official who
1391 appointed that member. The board shall appoint an executive
1392 director, who is responsible for other staff authorized by the
1394 (c) Board members are entitled to receive, from funds of
1395 the corporation, reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses
1396 as provided by s. 112.061.
1397 (d) There shall be no liability on the part of, and no
1398 cause of action shall arise against, any member of the board of
1399 directors, or its employees or agents, for any action they take
1400 in the performance of their powers and duties under this act.
1401 (e) Board members who are serving as of the effective date
1402 of this act may remain on the board until January 1, 2016.
1403 (7) LICENSING NOT REQUIRED; FISCAL OPERATION.—
1404 (a) The corporation shall not be deemed an insurer. The
1405 officers, directors, and employees of the corporation shall not
1406 be deemed to be agents of an insurer. Neither the corporation
1407 nor any officer, director, or employee of the corporation is
1408 subject to the licensing requirements of the insurance code or
1409 the rules of the Department of Financial Services. However, any
1410 marketing representative utilized and compensated by the
1411 corporation must be appointed as a representative of the
1412 insurers or health services providers with which the corporation
1414 (b) The board has complete fiscal control over the
1415 corporation and is responsible for all corporate operations.
1416 (c) The Department of Financial Services shall supervise
1417 any liquidation or dissolution of the corporation and shall
1418 have, with respect to such liquidation or dissolution, all power
1419 granted to it pursuant to the insurance code.
1420 (8) TRANSITION PLANS.—The corporation shall confer with the
1421 Agency for Health Care Administration, the Department of
1422 Children and Families, and Florida Health Choices, Inc., to
1423 develop transition plans for the Florida Health Insurance
1424 Affordability Exchange Program as created under ss. 409.720
1426 Section 18. Section 624.915, Florida Statutes, is repealed.
1427 Section 19. The Division of Law Revision and Information is
1428 directed to replace the phrase “the effective date of this act”
1429 wherever it occurs in this act with the date the act becomes a
1431 Section 20. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.