In annoy of a unanimous support from Republicans and Democrats in a Florida Legislature, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a magnitude that would have supposing grants for dentists to open private practices in a state’s medically underserved areas.
House Bill 139, sponsored by Rep. Travis Cummings, R-Orange Park, and Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, would emanate a module administered by a Florida Department of Health that would yield $10,000 to $100,000 rewards to dentists operative in farming or low-income communities, a News Service of Florida reports. The extend income could have been used for amends of dental propagandize tyro loans; investment in property, comforts or apparatus for a dental office; or losses associated to relocation or opening of a dental practice, according to a bill.
Scott says a check is duplicative of existent programs, such as a statewide Medicaid Managed Care module and Florida KidCare, NSF says. Scott combined that “the large infancy of County Health Departments and Community Health Centers yield Florida families in farming communities entrance to dental services.”
“While we determine with a check sponsors that progressing good verbal health is constituent to a altogether health of Florida families, we can't support a module that does not place suitable safeguards on taxpayer investments,” Scott says in a halt letter, according to NSF. “The check does not need dentists who accept taxpayer dollars to sinecure a specific series of new employees or to offer a certain series of low-income patients any year. Furthermore, a check opens a doorway for state dollars to be used to incentivize other high-income professionals.”
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