06 Jun Scott signs Florida Health Choices bill
Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday approved a bill that seeks to bolster the Florida Health Choices program, a long-planned online health marketplace.
The bill (SB 1844) emerged amid a debate about expanding health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. While lawmakers did not approve such an expansion, they agreed to spend $900,000 on the Florida Health Choices program and change its eligibility standards.
The idea of using the program for expansion was pushed by state Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach. Lawmakers originally approved Florida Health Choices in 2008 and envisioned it as a lightly regulated marketplace for health services and coverage. But it has faced a series of delays in starting to operate.