FL Commercial Health Insurance Rolls Dropping

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Enrollment in commercial health insurance is continuing to decline in Florida.

An annual market report adopted Tuesday by the Florida Health Care Insurance Advisory Board shows enrollment dropped by 4.3 percent during 2010.

That’s the fifth straight year it’s gone down.

It fell from 4.5 million people in 2006 to 3.7 million last year.

The report says that’s probably a reflection of Florida’s persistent economic woes.

Another troubling aspect is enrollment under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act increased by 30 percent last year.

That coverage is offered to individuals who have no other health care options often because they lost previous coverage through no fault of their own. It was taken by 100,790 people last year.

Commercial insurance includes individual and small group policies.

Source: Associated Press