But Corcoran said other alternatives could be to pare back the number of people who work at least 30 hours a week or create a stand-alone health insurance plan that offers different benefits from those offered to full-time state employees.
Lawmakers are expected during the 2013 session to deal with several items dealing with the federal care overhaul â¿¿ including whether to expand Medicaid to cover families whose incomes are just above the poverty line.
The latest state estimates show that overall, the health care overhaul could cost the state's health insurance plan by as much as $73 million in the coming year and $137 million by 2015.
Karen Woodall, executive director of the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, said legislators should be consider the money they could be saving in other parts of the state budget if they cover part-time workers. She said those part-timers could be costing the state through emergency room visits that are ultimately covered by taxpayers anyway."Where are people going to get their health care now?" she asked. Follow Gary Fineout on Twitter: http://twitter.com/fineout .