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Thousands lose health insurance after Orlando company folds

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PUP is important because it bridges coverage gaps left by Medicare. PUP is important because it bridges coverage gaps left by Medicare.
LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

Bill Cope spends a lot of time at the doctor. So you can imagine his shock - then pure panic - when his pharmacist said he no longer had insurance.

"They said ‘your insurance does not want to pay’," he said.

Cope has had the Physicians United, or PUP, insurance plan for years. He received no letter, no warning, that the company is liquidating this week. His policy ends immediately.

PUP is an Orlando-based Medicare Advantage HMO that about 50,000 Floridians rely on. PUP is important because it bridges coverage gaps left by Medicare.

Cope ended up signing up with a similar plan with Coventry Heathcare, and he's happy to have it because next month, he needs eye surgery.

Thousands still haven't signed up for other plans.

“We go to bat for these people, and try to help them out,” said Jim Mulcahy is a counselor with Shine.

Patients will still have Medicare until they sign up for a new plan. But it only pays 80 percent of your health costs. You have until August 31 to sign up for an additional health plan.

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