Florida insurance officials to get update on health care coverage

TALLAHASSEE — Florida insurance officials are getting an update on health care coverage following the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling that upheld the federal Affordable Care Act.

The Florida Health Insurance Industry Advisory Board and the state Office of Insurance Regulation are holding a joint meeting Thursday.

Their agenda includes presentations from a statewide association representing private health insurance companies, the state agency that oversees Florida's Medicaid program and the conservative Heritage Foundation.

Gov. Rick Scott, a staunch opponent of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, has declared Florida will refuse to carry out parts of the new federal law.

While the Supreme Court ruled it is constitutional, the justices said the federal government cannot require states to expand the joint Medicaid program, a key element of the overhaul.

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