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Amendment 1: Health care services

3:00 PM, Sep 20, 2012   |    comments
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Amendment one would try to stop the federal government from enforcing the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
     A "yes" vote means you want the Florida Constitution to prevent the federal government from forcing you to buy health insurance.
     A "no" vote means you do not want Florida to stop the government from forcing you to buy health insurance. 
 

THE DETAILS

This page contains a summary of Amendment one, which will be on the November ballot in Florida's Presidential General Election.

On the left hand side of this page you'll also find a link that allows you to download complete copies of each proposed initiative. This summary have been provided by the Florida Department of State Division of Elections.

BALLOT SUMMARY

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to prohibit laws or rules from compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage; permit a person or an employer to purchase lawful health care services directly from a health care provider; permit a health care provider to accept direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services; exempt persons, employers, and health care providers from penalties and taxes for paying directly or accepting direct payment for lawful health care services; and prohibit laws or rules from abolishing the private market for health care coverage of any lawful health care service.

Specifies that the amendment does not affect which health care services a health care provider is required to perform or provide; affect which health care services are permitted by law; prohibit care provided pursuant to general law relating to workers' compensation; affect laws or rules in effect as of March 1, 2010; affect the terms or conditions of any health care system to the extent that those terms and conditions do not have the effect of punishing a person or an employer for paying directly for lawful health care services or a health care provider for accepting direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services; or affect any general law passed by two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature, passed after the effective date of the amendment, provided such law states with specificity the public necessity justifying the exceptions from the provisions of the amendment.

The amendment expressly provides that it may not be construed to prohibit negotiated provisions in insurance contracts, network agreements, or other provider agreements contractually limiting copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, or other patient charges.

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