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It's put-up-or-shut-up time on health care

The Crist administration Wednesday released the long-awaited invitation to health insurers to offer low-cost packages to cover the nearly 4-million uninsured people in Florida. The offer, known as an ITN or invitation to negotiate, means that it's put-up-or-shut-up time for health care firms and medical networks to meet Crist's challenge. That was re-stated Wednesday to include a "robust" set of benefits, including office visits, screenings, outpatient and inpatient surgery, drugs and diabetic supplies and "designed to cost $150 per month or less."

Interested bidders have nine days, until July 11, to file written inquiries about any aspect of the proposal. Deadline to submit proposals: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12. The ITN can be found at

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:27am]


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