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Crist Promotes Health Insurance Plan to Help Low Income Families

April 15th, 2008 by flanews

Florida has the third highest uninsured rate in the Nation. Governor Charlie Crist is pushing a plan to offer bare bones insurance coverage for about a hundred and 50 bucks a month. As Whitney Ray tells us the plan would offer people coverage they can afford, but maybe not the coverage they need.

Laurie Staples knows how to work the system to get the insurance coverage her family needs. She has two jobs, but at times the extra income excludes her from Medicaid.

As soon as you get the letter that youre going to be denied insurance you quit one job for a while, said Staples

Lauries 12 year old daughter, Caitlyn is autistic. A year ago her insurance quit paying for Caitlyns therapy.

Theres no way that I could afford insurance for my daughter in the private sector, Staples said.

Governor Charlie Crist has a plan to allow people like Laurie to stop working the system to get coverage.

The act would break down some of the bureaucratic barriers that currently exist, make it simpler for health insurance companies to help our fellow Floridians, said Crist

Crist says his plan could provide coverage for about 150 bucks a month. Crists plan works like an insurance buffet where people can pick and choose the coverage they want. But people buying into the plan couldnt afford to over load their plates. The plan offers bare bones coverage. Rich Rasmussen with the Florida Hospital Association said every little bit helps.

If we can get at this issue of providing more coverage to 3.5 million Floridians who have nothing, then weve achieved something, Rasmussen said.

Crists plan promises coverage without raising taxes. The Governors plan is sailing through the Senate and is starting to pick up steam in the House. Crist said he hopes the plan makes it to his desk before the end of this years legislative session in May.

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