February 21, 2017

Patients would be allowed to sue Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) that fail to provide covered services if a bill advanced by the state Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance becomes law.

Supporters say the proposed law, which would apply to commercial and Medicaid HMO plans, would return control of decisions about patient care to physicians, while opponents contend it would sharply increase care costs.

HMOs, argued Palm Beach Gardens attorney Ted Leopold, have gone from organizations that used to pay claims to ones that now make decisions about care and treatment.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, was advanced 6-3 to the Senate Judiciary and Rules committees on Tuesday afternoon. A House version is sponsored by Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Jacksonville Beach.

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