Florida Says It Will Return $19 Million In Grants From The Affordable Care Act

Florida is one of the few states that is challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act to also return the federal grants it received from the law. The state has returned or refused to spend “at least $19 million in federal money” including: $1 million to help pay for a system that would allow consumers to monitor insurance rates, $2 million for hospice care for children, $8 million for construction of community health centers, a first installment on a five-year, $35.7 million grant to keep elderly and disabled people out of nursing homes by providing home health aides, and a federal grant that helped poor people get a break on their Medicare costs. Florida is “planning to accept $37 million” for the early retirement program, however.