As the Florida Legislature’s 2013 regular session was winding down Friday, both house finally passed the state’s $74.5 billion budget. The massive budget was sent to Florida Governor Rick Scott for his signature.
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has called out Gov. Rick Scott for not adhering to U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the health care law.
The Florida House of Representatives started work Wednesday the exact same way they ended work on Tuesday, with a robotic computer program reading every word of every bill at the request of House Democrats.
Florida lawmakers sealed an agreement on a $74 billion budget deal late Sunday for the fiscal year that begins July 1, locking down language on $480 million in teacher pay raises, a new formula for paying hospitals under the Medicaid program and a few projects for key lawmakers’ districts.
With a week left in the legislative session Governor Rick Scott might start twisting some political arms until some action is taken on his top priorities.
Negotiators in the Florida House and Senate are trying to work out a compromise deal that would keep the federal Medicaid money in President Barack Obama’s healthcare overahaul law in place while not expanding Medicaid to the level the law originally suggested.
As state lawmakers debate alternatives to expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act this week, they’ll hear from a group of doctors and nurses from Jackson Health System on the need for the expansion.
In addition to providing insurance for those in need, an expansion of Medicaid in Florida would create more than 100,000 new jobs, according to one study.
Rick Scott is the only Republican governor to endorse expanding Medicaid as part of President Obama’s health-care overhaul. As more Republicans give in, an opposition bloc remains across the South, including from governors who lead some of the nation’s poorest and unhealthiest states.
The Florida Legislature has essentially killed a plan from Governor Rick Scott to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 1 million of Florida’s poorest residents as part of the Affordable Care Act.