A rapidly growing Sunshine State health carrier has promised to work more closely with regulators.
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has issued consent orders to Universal Health Care Insurance Company Inc., St. Petersburg, Fla., a health insurer, and to a health maintenance organization affiliate, Universal Health Care Inc.
Universal Health expanded its Medicare HMO program this year and also launched a family of fast-selling Medicare Advantage private fee-for-service plans.
The Universal Health insurance company affiliate has admitted to generating about $816 million more premium revenue than the $56 million in premium revenue the company had originally predicted it would collect, Florida insurance regulators report.
Rapid growth left the company with too little policyholder surplus to support the volume of business the company was writing, officials say.
The HMO affiliate also failed to meet Florida reporting requirements, officials say.