Florida Gov. Charles Crist, R, has signed S.B. 2534, a bill that will let a state agency negotiate with carriers to provide a catastrophic health plan and a limited-benefit plan.
The limited-benefit Cover Florida Health Care Access Program plans would cover preventive care, health screenings, routine care by physicians, behavioral health care and supplies for people with diabetes.
Another plan would hold down premium costs by protecting purchasers only against the cost of inpatient hospital stays, hospital emergency care and urgent care services.
The bill, which includes no individual or employer mandates, was introduced by state Sen. Durrell Peaden, R-Crestview, Fla., and was backed by Crist.