Gov. Rick Scott (Pic by Cooper Levey-Baker)
Gov. Rick Scott (Pic by Cooper Levey-Baker)

On the radio, Scott talks federal health care grants

By | 08.08.11 | 3:24 pm

Gov. Rick Scott recently sat down with WUSF/Healthy State for an interview about federal health care grants.

He told the public news outlet about his support for the $37.5 million federal Money Follows the Person grant that the state Legislature rejected this year — among a slew of other funding offers. Echoing reasons for the Legislature’s rejection of a $3.4 million Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting grant, lawmakers say they are blocking the grant because the state is in litigation with the federal government over the constitutionality of the very bill that allocates those funds: the Affordable Care Act.

As The Florida Independent recently reported, however, the state did accept funds from the Affordable Care Act for Title V abstinence education.

Healthy State reports that “the governor and AHCA are now deciding whether or not to return to lawmakers in January to ask again for the budget authority, says Scott’s spokeswoman.”

Scott also talked to Healthy State about how he decides whether or not to accept federal health care grants into the state:

In an interview at WUSF, the governor says he welcomes people’s ideas and solutions. He also says he looks at grants on a case-by-case basis – with caution.

“If it makes sense and it fits within what we’re doing, we’ll review it,” he says.

“But let me tell you, every agency in the federal government – it seems like – offers grants. And you have to be very methodical with how you go through it – there’s always a string attached.”

Legislators also cited their concern that government money comes with strings as a reason to reject the home visiting grants.

Scott advocated and organized protesters against the passage of the Affordable Care Act through Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, a group he founded.

Gov. Rick Scott on Ideas, Money & Health Care from HealthyState.org on Vimeo.

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