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Senate committee on Affordable Care Act launches website for public input

 The Florida Senate has launched a Web page to make it easier for the public to track the discussions and give input to the special committee studying the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. From the website, citizens can download documents that have been distributed to the committee, contact members of Congress or fill out an online form to share comments with members of the Florida Senate committee.

Here is an excerpt of the news release announcing the Web page:

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart), Chair of the Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), today announced the creation of a PPACA page of the Florida Senate’s website. The PPACA page will provide constituents an easy way to access information and provide feedback to members of the committee who are tasked with making recommendations to the entire Senate regarding how Florida should respond to the implementation of PPACA by the federal government. To view the PPACA site, please click here.

“In the coming months, members of the public, health care providers, representatives from Florida’s insurance industry, and countless other stakeholders will provide valuable feedback as members of the PPACA select committee discuss, evaluate and debate Florida’s policy options under one of the most complex and far-reaching federal laws in the history of our nation,” said President Gaetz. “The new portion of the Senate website was created to serve as a centralized location for interested parties to watch meetings, read bills and share their viewpoints with the committee.”

“The new page includes a detailed list of frequency asked questions and basic information on PPACA as well as a comprehensive list of decision points the committee will evaluate,” said Chairman Negron.  “Constituents have the option of leaving a comment related to an individual decision point or a general comment about how Florida should respond to the implementation of PPACA by the federal government.”

Recognizing that PPACA is a federal law that can only be changed by the U.S. Congress subject to approval by the President, the website also provides links constituents can use to contact their federal representatives.

Click here to visit the Web page for the Senate's Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.