Senate President Office — Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2012
CONTACT: Dan Dawson, (850) 487-5184
Senate PPACA Committee Launches Website, Welcomes Public Comment on Federal Health Care Reform Policy
Tallahassee–Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart), Chair of the Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), today announced the creation of a PPACA page of the Florida Senate’s website. The PPACA page will provide constituents an easy way to access information and provide feedback to members of the committee who are tasked with making recommendations to the entire Senate regarding how Florida should respond to the implementation of PPACA by the federal government. To view the PPACA site, please click here http://www.flsenate.gov/topics/ppaca.
“In the coming months, members of the public, health care providers, representatives from Florida’s insurance industry, and countless other stakeholders will provide valuable feedback as members of the PPACA select committee discuss, evaluate and debate Florida’s policy options under one of the most complex and far-reaching federal laws in the history of our nation,” said President Gaetz. “The new portion of the Senate website was created to serve as a centralized location for interested parties to watch meetings, read bills and share their viewpoints with the committee.”
“The new page includes a detailed list of frequency asked questions and basic information on PPACA as well as a comprehensive list of decision points the committee will evaluate,” said Chairman Negron. “Constituents have the option of leaving a comment related to an individual decision point or a general comment about how Florida should respond to the implementation of PPACA by the federal government.”
Recognizing that PPACA is a federal law that can only be changed by the U.S. Congress subject to approval by the President, the website also provides links constituents can use to contact their federal representatives.
“The new tools on this website will ensure that citizens who cannot travel to Tallahassee are able to play a meaningful role in the process,” said President Gaetz. “We plan to provide frequent updates and hope that interested Floridians will sign up for the Senate’s tracker which will allow them to receive updates from the PPACA Committee.”
The Senate’s legislative tracker allows users to tailor the updates they receive based on their interests in the work of the committee. Users can receive updates when meeting notices and packets are filed and as specific bills move throughout the process. To create a tracker account, please visit http://www.flsenate.gov/login/.
President Gaetz formed the Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to launch a comprehensive assessment of the impact of the law on Florida. Under the leadership of Chairman Negron, the committee will evaluate the state’s options under the law, and to make recommendations to the full Senate membership on any actions necessary to mitigate cost increases, preserve a competitive insurance market, and protect Florida’s consumers.
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