The Senate Health Policy Committee unanimously passed its Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange Program, or FHIX, after amending it to be more palatable to conservative constituents and the House Republicans.
No surprise there as the initial plan was developed and passed by this committee during the regular session.
But House leadership remains opposed to the plan, which would seek federal money to subsidize insurance for low-income Floridians who are working, actively seeking work, in school, disabled or caring for disabled relatives.
"I'm hearing that it's a tough sell," said Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, who authored the plan. "We'll reach out to them (House leadership) best we can to reach out and see if we can't address their concerns, some of which were already brought up and we've already addressed."
A primer for those new to FHIX: Under the amended proposal, Floridians would have to prove they meet the employment, education or disability criteria to gain access to a health care exchange with heavy subsidies. They would also have to contribute to the program via monthly premiums ranging from $3 to $25.