Fla., Idaho Differ On Federal Funds Tied To Health Law
While Florida spurns funding because it is tied to the 2010 law, Idaho's governor allows some acceptance of funds.
The Miami Herald: Florida Rejects Child-Abuse Prevention Funds Tied To Health Care Law
Florida lawmakers have rejected more than $50 million in federal child-abuse prevention money. The grants were tied to the Obama administration's health care reform package, which many lawmakers oppose on philosophical grounds. The money, offered through the federal Affordable Health Care Act passed last year, would have paid, among other things, for a visiting nurse program run by Healthy Families Florida, one of the most successful child-abuse prevention efforts in the nation (Miller, 7/21).
The Associated Press/CBS Money Watch: Idaho Accepting Health Care Law Money, After All
Idaho [is] set to accept as much as $19 million in federal cash linked to the health care overhaul as state agencies take advantage of waiver provisions that help them skirt Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's executive order aimed at blocking them from taking some of the money. ... Otter's order came after the end of the 2011 Legislature to underscore his official objections to some of the provisions passed by Congress, including to eventually force residents to buy health insurance come 2014 - or be fined. But the Republican governor has now signed at least 10 waivers to his order, saying programs that sought a reprieve made sense, were part of existing state programs or didn't further the law's objectionable aspects that he's trying to block from taking effect (7/21).