Bilirakis Statement on Humana’s Exit from Obamacare Markets in Florida
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) released the following statement on Humana’s decision to exit the exchanges from the Affordable Care Act in 2018. The decision will leave Pasco County residents with only two choices for health insurance, and Pinellas and Hillsborough county residents with three.
“The announcement from Humana will leave folks in my district with fewer choices and higher costs when it comes to their health care,” said Bilirakis. “Unfortunately, if we don’t change course, Humana probably won’t be the last insurer to flee the market. That is why Florida and the nation need a health care system that increases competition, drives down costs, and puts people back in control of their health care choices. While we need to maintain popular provisions of the ACA in our replacement plan, the system is not sustainable in its current state.”
Last year, Floridians faced a 19% average increase in health care premiums, while an overwhelming 73% of Florida counties only have one insurance plan available. Between 2015 and 2017, half of all insurance providers in Florida fled the exchanges, leaving the entire state with only five companies participating in the Affordable Care Act.
Bilirakis serves on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, a key congressional panel with primary jurisdiction of the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. He is the only Florida Republican currently serving on the committee.