On Florida’s Rejection of Federal Healthcare Funds

 In Fishkind Commentaries

May 14, 2013 | WMFE – Florida’s 2013 legislative session wrapped up just over a week ago, but controversy remains over the Legislature’s handling of healthcare. Despite support from Governor Rick Scott and the state Senate, the Florida House refused to accept $51 billion in federal funds to provide health insurance to 1.1 million uninsured Floridians by expanding Medicaid coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Economic expert Hank Fishkind says leaving billions in federal funds on the table will impose substantial economic cost on Florida, and Central Florida in particular. 90.7’s Nicole Creston asked Dr. Fishkind for his opinion on the future of the relationship between Florida and the Affordable Care Act, starting with what’s next for the 1.1 million uninsured Floridians.

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