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Thousands of State Workers Could Get Coverage

Florida will have to extend health benefits to about 8,700 state employees who don’t now qualify because they are classified as temporary “OPS” – for “Other Personnel Services.” The House Select Committee on the Affordable Care Act came to that conclusion Thursday when members heard the federal penalty for not covering them would be far greater, News Service of Florida reports.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.