« Devious plan or bluff? Rick Scott backers may help Nan Rich vs. Charlie Crist | Main | Scott's Voter Purge Part II hits the road in October »

FL health dept to counties: Keep Obamacare helpers away from properties

From Health News Florida:

The Florida Department of Health has become the latest arm of state government to distance itself from  the federal Affordable Care Act. It has ordered county health units not to allow outreach workers called Navigators onto their property to help uninsured people sign up for subsidized health coverage.

The order from C. Meade Grigg, deputy DOH secretary for statewide services, went out late Monday to  the 60 local health department directors around the state. He wrote that the staff may accept informational materials from the Navigators to hand out upon request.

“However, Navigators will not conduct activities on the grounds of the health departments,” Grigg wrote. He said the policy was developed after some had asked DOH for permission to operate within state facilities, presumably because uninsured people often seek treatment there.

Dr. Marc Yacht, retired Pasco County Health Director, said the policy will “significantly compromise a multitude of needy Floridians from getting critical health care.” He called it “cruel and irresponsible.”

More here

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

The comments to this entry are closed.