A Florida House panel has approved a measure to offer health insurance to the state's part-time employees and their family members as part of the federal health overhaul.
The panel could have decided Thursday to cap part-time employees to working 30 hours per week or chosen not to provide any health coverage, which would result in a $318 million fine under the Affordable Care Act.
Republican Rep. Carlos Trujillo recommended offering 8,737 part-time employees coverage under the lowest level bronze health plan.
Several Democrats pushed to offer all state employees the same coverage.
But Trujillo warned, "We do have a fixed budget. We can't run a deficit."
A Senate panel also recently agreed to extend coverage to part-time employees, estimating it will cost about $137 million a year.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.