Florida Democrats meet with navigator grant recipients

Reps. Deutch, Frankel push back against new health care laws

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - South Florida Democrats are planning to meet with organizations who received federal grant money to hire counselors trained to help people sign up for insurance under the new health care laws.

Reps. Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel's Monday round-table comes as state officials are pushing back against implementing the Affordable Care Act.

Last week, state health officials ordered county health departments to ban the counselors, also known as navigators, from conducting outreach on their property.

The move has brought harsh criticism from Democrats who have accused Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet of putting politics ahead of people.

One company recently announced it was returning the grant amid increasing state and federal regulatory scrutiny. Cardon Outreach said it couldn't spare the extra resources needed to comply.

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