Miami-Dade Unveils Affordable Health Care
Hot news Miami has, by some metrics, the highest health care costs in the nation, So the county unveiled plans for a new affordable health care plan that officials are not only calling "cutting edge," but a possible model for nationwide reform.
After a deductible of $250, the plan pays 90 percent of in-network hospitals, a $10 co-pay for generic drugs, 100 percent of in-network lab tests, with a lifetime benefit of $5 million.
''This is going to be not only cutting edge but truly a national model,'' said Janet Perkins of the Office of Countywide Healthcare Planning.
A key factor was getting providers to accept discounted fees. About 1,500 doctors agreed to be part of the special Miami-Dade Blue network. BCBSFL executive Penny Shaffer said that most primary care specialists have agreed to take about $50 for a basic office visit, which is the amount the plan will pay.
The plan aims to reduce the number unisnured residents in the county, estimated to be around 600,000.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Miami New Times' biggest stories.