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Fla. picks 6 firms to offer coverage to uninsured

A study of insured and uninsured Americans showed that those without health insurance get sicker as they age until they turn 65 and qualify for Medicare, Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. But they're not likely to become as healthy as someone who had health insurance all along. (AP / CBS)

A study of insured and uninsured Americans showed that those without health insurance get sicker as they age until they turn 65 and qualify for Medicare, Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. But they're not likely to become as healthy as someone who had health insurance all along. (AP / CBS)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - United Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Florida are among six insurance companies picked by the
state to provide no-frills health insurance to nearly 4 million Floridians without coverage.

The two insurers will provide coverage statewide while Florida Health Care Plan was selected to provide benefits in Volusia and Flagler counties. Three other companies were chosen to offer plans
for the uninsured in Broward and Miami-Dade.

The carriers approved Thursday will offer consumers at least two plans, one with catastrophic and hospital coverage, and one without.

These insurance products will be offered to Floridians who have been without insurance for at least six months and will be available for purchase in early 2009.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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