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At the Capitol: Health Plan Impact

The capitol buildings in Tallahassee
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

In a budget amendment, Republican leaders in the House dialed back raises for state workers so there would be money for a health plan unveiled on Thursday by Rep. Richard Corcoran, the Miami Herald reports. Lowering the raise to $1,000 could save the state about $40 million. Rep. Mike Fasano, a Republican, joined Democrats in voting against the lower amount. 

Gov. Rick Scott, who eventually came around to support Medicaid expansion, is not supporting Florida Health Choices Plus, the alternative plan that House Republicans presented. As Health News Florida reportedon Thursday, the House plan would cover 115,000 disabled adults and parents of minor children, leaving out most of those under the poverty level who are uninsured. Scott slammed the proposal, which would cost state taxpayers $237 million and would not accept federal funds, theAssociated Press 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.