WOKV has learned Florida’s state senate will not put forward any legislation to create a state healthcare exchange, recommending instead the state revert to a system run solely by the federal government.
The Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act wrote a letter to the Senate President with the decision, saying they continue to hold meetings to analyze the federal law and there have been differing opinions on a number of points in the discussion. The letter says there is little dispute among the members, however, that Florida should not establish a state exchange at this time.
They do not entirely rule out a state exchange at some point in the future, but want to “monitor and evaluate” what happens in other states before using the state’s resources on the program.
Senate President Don Gaetz forwarded the notice to all state senators today, including a note from him that he will respect the committee’s decision, and there will be no legislation to create a state exchange put forward during this Legislative Session.
I’ve spoken to your state senators through this decision process, and many have expressed concern that a federal exchange would mean losing local voice and specific regulations designed to aid Floridians. I’ve reached out to them once again to talk about the impact to you now that this decision has been made.