|By John Dorschner, The Miami Herald|
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Under the Affordable Care Act,
"In the state of
The Kaiser website shows that primary care
Medical associations complain that
"It is a federal law," Paradise said. "There isn't a provision for the statute not to be followed."
Federal officials are telling journalists in
That process can happen during the two-month legislative session -- which starts in March, two months past the federal deadline -- or could be considered earlier by the
Several former legislators told The Herald that the commission generally considers only items presented to it by the governor.
Scott on Friday also sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary
Scott asked for a meeting with Sebelius "at your earliest opportunity" to discuss ways to deal with "the ever-increasing cost of healthcare and the need for better access by all
Scott said that with the way the Affordable Care Act structured the exchanges, "current information available to us does not offer any indication that ... [an] exchange lowers healthcare costs for Floridians."
HHS did not immediately respond to inquiries about Scott's request for a meeting or what HHS would do if
About the exchanges, Britt said HHS "will work with any state to set up an exchange at any time. Consumers in all 50 states will have access to an exchange come January of 2014."
Neither HHS nor
Salo noted that the federal law only requires
Shortly after the election, Sen.
Paradise, of the
The governor's offer for discussions with HHS mentioned an additional point of tension between the state and federal governments:
"We appreciate all the work your staff has done on the current
Paradise noted that the Affordable Care Act includes a clause that requires even
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