Commonwealth Fund

A new Commonwealth Fund report finds that workers and their families are spending more of their incomes on health care.

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When it comes to keeping people out of the hospital, Florida didn't score so well on new scorecard that pits state health care systems against one another.

"The Commonwealth Fund" report gave Florida a rank of 45 out of 50 states, plus Washington D.C., when it came to the "Avoiding hospital use and cost" indicator. That's a drop of 13 points between 2012 and 2015. 

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Florida cities are losing ground on key health care indicators, according to a report released today.

The researchers say one reason for the decline is the state's decision to not expand Medicaid.

Nearly a quarter of U.S. adults who were insured all last year lacked adequate protection from big medical bills based on their income, according to Commonwealth Fund research.

The nonprofit foundation estimates that about 31 million people between the ages of 19 and 64 were underinsured due in part to the out-of-pocket expenses they have to pay for care. That includes deductibles, or payments a patient has to make before most coverage begins.

The Commonwealth Fund has released a survey that -- as in the past -- found U.S. health care the most expensive among 11 countries studied but the lowest-ranking on most performance measures. The United Kingdom ranked first followed closely by Switzerland.

Florida lands near the bottom of the states in a new Commonwealth Fund study that compares 30 performance measures of health-system access, prevention, quality and outcomes.

The average cost for family coverage in employer-sponsored plans rose 62 percent in Florida since 2003, according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund. Single workers’ premiums increased 58 percent. Deductibles more than doubled.