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CIGNA WANTS 30% PREMIUM INCREASE IN FLORIDA IN 2019

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NATIONAL HEALTH CARE POLICY AND POLITICAL EXPERT TO DISCUSS RISING PREMIUMS, END OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITION COVERAGE FOR FLORIDIANS

WEST PALM BEACH — The grassroots advocacy organization Floridians for a Fair Shake will make available national health care policy and political expert Leslie Dach to discuss anticipated changes in health care policy, the political environment, public opinion, and other issues impacting the debate on health care reform.

“Floridians are being hit in the gut with rising health care costs due to continuous efforts by Republicans to sabotage access to health care,” said Stephen Gaskill, communications director of Floridians for a Fair Shake. “Cigna just announced a more than 30 percent premium increase for Florida families for 2019, making affordable and accessible health care out of reach for working families. Is this what Congressmen like Brian Mast and Vern Buchanan planned for with their vote to undermine access to health care?”

The Trump administration has placed coverage for those with pre-existing conditions at significant risk due to its recent decision to no longer defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in court; health insurance premiums are rising more than the expected 16.9% in 2019, which would add $1,011 to the average Floridian families’ health care bill; and another repeal attempt of the ACA is on the Republican agenda. Against this backdrop, Dach will provide context and research to inform and shape reporting on health care.

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Leslie Dach, founder and chair of Protect Our Care, served as senior counselor to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration. He was also Executive Vice President and member of the management committee of Walmart, Inc., where he was responsible for government relations, policy, communications, corporate strategic planning and the Walmart Foundation’s billion dollar annual philanthropic efforts. He currently sits on several philanthropic boards, and has held senior roles in six presidential campaigns.