Some Floridians may have overpaid for medical care

“Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty confirmed the investigation in a letter Thursday to Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw, who had requested it. The letter was obtained by Health News Florida, an independent news service that has been reporting on the alleged overcharges.

McCarty’s letter doesn’t make clear when Florida’s inquiry started, but New York’s attorney general announced findings on overcharges in that state in January. The Senate Commerce Committee held hearings in the spring and released a report in June that said millions of Americans could have been overcharged billions of dollars.

The overcharges, which date back to 1994, occurred in plans that used a payment schedule produced by Ingenix Inc., which until recently was a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. New York’s probe found that 10 major insurers – including United, WellPoint, Aetna, Cigna, and Humana – used the product dating back to 1994.”

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