Florida hospitals would be required to offer at least 30% discounts off billed charges to qualified uninsured patients treated in their emergency rooms, under a proposal by the Florida Hospital Association. The proposal is backed by Gov. Jeb Bush as one of several initiatives aimed at making health insurance more affordable. Families with household incomes of up to 300% of the poverty level, about $55,000 for a family of four, would qualify for the discounts if they were uninsured. Separately, Bush has proposed allowing small businesses to pool together to buy insurance and expanding flex insurance plans, under which insurers offer inexpensive coverage to people meeting certain criteria. -- by Patrick Reilly
Fla. hospitals propose discounting uninsured care
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