Florida Health Choices state exchange readies for launch
An excerpt from a story in Tuesday's paper outlining the anticipated launch of Florida Health Choices, the state-based health exchange not to be confused with the federal "Obamacare" exchange also operating in Florida:
Since 2008, Florida has been promising its residents a state-run health insurance exchange. Republican lawmakers continued to champion the much-delayed program even as they opposed Obamacare and refused to expand Medicaid to help the working poor.
Now, officials say they are at last ready to launch Florida Health Choices and hope to reach people who can't afford insurance on the federal exchange, or just don't like the president's plan.
But don't expect full-coverage insurance policies — think more along the lines of pharmacy discount cards and limited dental plans.
Leaders of the effort won't even say exactly when they're opening for business, other than to say they're "just days away.'' The web address is www.FloridaHealthChoices.net — but it isn't yet functioning.
Blame at least some of the vagueness on jitters over the prospect of yet another botched government website after the Obamacare and Florida unemployment site rollouts.