Judge denies Oscar’s motion to halt Florida Blue broker policy
A federal judge denied Oscar Health’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop Florida Blue from enforcing a policy that prevented its insurance agents from selling competing insurers’ coverage. Oscar said it will continue to pursue its claims. Florida Blue filed a motion this month to dismiss the case. Oscar’s lawsuit claims that Florida Blue’s “exclusivity policy” essentially prevented Oscar from reaching estimated benchmarks of enrollment.
U.S. District Judge Paul Byron disagreed. “Oscar’s lower-than-expected performance in Orlando may be due to the differences in available products as opposed to Florida Blue’s exclusivity policy,” he wrote in an order. For instance, Florida Blue offered 77 on-exchange individual plans, while Oscar sold eight; Florida Blue also offered no-deductible plans, while Oscar didn’t; and Florida Blue’s provider networks were bigger than Oscar’s, according to the order.