Florida Gov. DeSantis signs bill making insurance changes

Posted at 3:54 PM, Jun 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-12 15:54:39-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians will be given an incentive to comparison shop for non-emergency medical treatment under a bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The bill DeSantis signed Wednesday expands on a health care price transparency program and will allow patients to shop for lower costs for treatment and split the savings with their insurers.

The bill also makes changes in state employees' health care plans. One change could place new limits on prescription drugs available to state employees.

The state Department of Management Services will study drug usage and submit a list of drugs to be excluded from state employees' coverage. An exception will be made if a doctor writes "medically necessary" on the prescription.

DeSantis said the program will save the state up to $46 million a year.