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Rick Scott Rejects Millions In Funds To Help Provide Children Health Care Coverage

Gov. Rick Scott’s (R-FL) opposition to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has cost the state $200 million in funding it could have used to enroll more children in health care insurance, Health News Florida reports. Under the law, states that “adopt at least five of eight measures that make it easier for eligible children to become and stay enrolled” qualify for bonuses that could be used to enroll more low-income children in the program. But Florida passed up those dollars, along with billions more in other health grants that could have assisted millions in the state. Currently, 687,300 or 16 percent of children are uninsured in Florida — six percentage points higher than the national average. Republicans in Congress have proposed eliminating the bonus program, even though data on the bonuses “show that in the 23 states that received bonuses in FY 2011, an additional 1.1 million kids were enrolled above expected levels.”

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