Column: Time for Florida to put residents’ health, jobs first

Column: Time for Florida to put residents’ health, jobs first

Floridians like to boast about being home to some of the country’s most famous sports teams and their multimillion-dollar stars. But when it comes to seizing the opportunity to provide tens of thousands of jobs and provide health care for its low-income workers, the Sunshine State is about to drop the $51 billion ball.

That is the amount of money the state would receive from the federal government to help expand Medicaid coverage to nearly 1 million residents who are without health insurance. Why should you care? Your insurance premiums are likely to go up if the uninsured can only get treatment, even for minor ailments, in emergency rooms.

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