Health Care Costs
With a warning from Mayor Carlos Gimenez that it would “throw our budget into disarray,” Miami-Dade Commissioners Tuesday overrode his veto of their earlier vote to re-instate five percent pay cuts that had been imposed on county employees.
The Miami-Dade County Commission met for the final time in 2013 and commissioners came up one vote shy of overriding Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s veto of a program to end a forced contribution to health care costs.
Every American with health insurance, including Medicare, is now eligible for many preventive services that previously often required a co-payment, deductible or other out-of-pocket cost.
The exact amount hospitals charge for procedures has been a closely guarded trade secret for decades. But that is changing due to rules in President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
The so-called “ObamaCare” law will cost the state $3 million, not $26 million as Florida Gov. Rick Scott first told federal officials this week.
Although he recently softened his opposition to the looming health care mandate, Gov. Rick Scott is concerned the costs of a state health exchange could end up being greater than early estimates.
Companies looking to trim health care costs are installing workstation treadmills so employees can work and workout at the same time.
Governor Rick Scott and the Republican-led Florida Legislature may have a new target for budget cuts, the medically needy program.