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The Florida Association of Health Plans (FAHP) is the statewide trade association representing commercial, Medicaid and Medicare Advantage health insurers and managed care organizations.  FAHP members provide access to health care benefits and services to businesses, individuals and families across the state of Florida.  FAHP advocates for public policy focused on enhancing access to high quality, affordable health care through a competitive marketplace.  Our mission is to improve and protect the health and financial security of Florida families and business community.  We do this by: 

1. Developing cooperative relationships between health plans, community and provider stakeholders, as well as government partners.
2. Advocacy focused on the consumer health care experience, better health outcomes, and controlling the cost of health care.
3. Educating policymakers and the public about the services and benefits our health plans provide.

Priority to End Balance Billing by Air Ambulances Passes Florida House Health & Human Services Committee -- House Bill 747 Clears Last Stop in Florida House & Heads to Floor for Consideration

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Association of Health Plans, Inc. (FAHP) today applauded the Florida House Health & Human Services Committee for passing House Bill 747, sponsored by Representative Jayer Williamson (R-Pace).

“We applaud the Florida House Health & Human Services Committee today for advancing HB 747 that would, once and for all, put an end to balance billing in the State of Florida,” said Audrey Brown Bridges, president and CEO of FAHP.  “In 2016, the Florida Legislature enacted comprehensive reform effectively ending most surprise medical bills.  Now, the Legislature is taking the next step to end it completely by banning air ambulances from leveling balance bills against Florida families.”

HB 747 and its companion in the Florida Senate, SB 736, addresses the unintended federal pricing shield that allows air ambulances to continue to subject those who suffer catastrophic injury and need emergency air transport to massive surprise medical bills without market forces to encourage the price to be reasonable.

“Without this legislation, air ambulance companies will continue to hide behind a federal pricing shield, which is designed for commercial airliners, and send enormous bills in excess of the cost of the actual emergency transport, making Florida families suffer under the weight of unfair air ambulance bills,” said Brown.  “We thank Representative Williamson for championing this good public policy on behalf of Florida families and look forward to it being considered by the full Florida House of Representatives.”

“We stopped bankrupting families when a loved one receives life-saving medical care in an emergency room, now, it’s time to stop bankrupting them for the transportation to get there,” concluded Brown.