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Video: Gov. Scott says state will 'take care' of tourists' Zika concerns



On CNBC this morning, Gov. Rick Scott pushed back against concerns that Florida isn't a safe travel destination and reiterated his rebuke of the federal government for not spending more to fight Zika.

"I was at Disney World last weekend, and it was absolutely packed," Scott said on "Squawk Box," the cable channel's morning news program, noting that 30 million people visited Florida in the first part of the year. "People realize this is a state that does things well, takes care of our citizens and our tourists well."

However, Scott said, the federal government has frustrated him. He's not the only official who's said that. President Barack Obama's spokesman scolded Congress for not passing a Zika spending measure, and all 27 members of Florida's congressional delegation signed a letter Tuesday demanding more money from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

State Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla posted on Twitter Wednesday that he plans to ask the Agency for Health Care Administration to "provide Medicaid coverage for insect repellent in Florida."

Two months ago, the federal government authorized Medicaid providers to pay for insect repellant to combat Zika.

Pregnant women living in the one-square-mile area around Miami's Wynwood district where the virus is believed to be actively spreading can receive free Zika tests from the state, Scott said. He said DOH will start providing the tests elsewhere in the state soon.

Here's the CNBC interview:

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 5:19pm]


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