How immigration may play a role in Florida health care

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott has a new wrinkle to consider while figuring out how to proceed with the federal health overhaul.

A quirk in the law means some U.S. citizens would be forced to go without coverage, while legal immigrants residing in the same state could still get it.

A spokeswoman for Scott says he is "concerned about how legal immigrants and U.S. citizens are treated differently under the president's healthcare law, which we continue to learn more about."

Melissa Sellers says the governor is looking for affordable solutions for all families. Florida has a large number of legal immigrants.

The overhaul expanded the federal-state program for low-income and disabled people but the Supreme Court made the Medicaid expansion optional for states.

Arizona officials recently called attention to the problem.

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