The plans, called ValuePick, are priced to enable small companies, as well as newly formed businesses, to provide coverage for their employees. They will be marketed primarily through insurance agents and brokers in Aetna's Florida markets.
"Finding an affordable health insurance plan for their workers is always difficult for smaller employers," said Mark LaBorde, president of Aetna's Florida markets. "Aetna is actively working to find solutions for those employers as we work to reduce the number of uninsured people, both in Florida and across the country."
"Aetna's ValuePick program provided the optimum solution for our client, an uninsured small business owner. His objective was to offer comprehensive, affordable health insurance, in order to provide a competitive benefits package," said Dixie Kuehn, of The Harbor Financial Group, Melbourne, Fla. "Because we were able to offer the ValuePick's triple option of plans, every employee, hourly, middle management and upper management, could afford to participate. Our client thanked us for bringing Aetna's ValuePick to the table."
According to 2005 U.S. Census data, approximately 3.6 million Florida residents lack health insurance, and the state ranks third in highest number of uninsured. In recent years, Aetna has introduced plans aimed at expanding access to various segments of the uninsured population. Aetna Student Health provides affordable coverage for students. Strategic Resource Company plans provide coverage for hourly and part-time workers who otherwise might not find affordable health care coverage. And Florida is one of 29 states in which Aetna offers individual plans.
ValuePick features three affordable options: an HMO; a point-of-service plan that includes out-of-network coverage; and a high-deductible plan. All three offer in-network coverage for prescription drugs Employers can offer up to three plans side-by-side, and can choose how much to contribute. Their workers then choose the plan that is best for them.
Aetna provides health benefits to more than 1.2 million people in Florida. Those members have access to a contracted network of 202 hospitals, 6,519 primary-care physicians and 18,287 specialists.
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