The state is proposing to require some people to spend $50 or $100 on a $1,000-per-month state stimulus check to help pay for a variety of programs, including the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Florida Emergency Management Agency and other public agencies.
If a person’s income is below the $50-per.-month limit, they could be required to pay a $20 surcharge on the check.
If a person is above the $100-per.month limit and is receiving benefits, they may also be required pay a surcharge of $20, according to a proposed rule published Thursday by the Florida Division of Insurance and Financial Services.
The rule also includes an exemption for some people who are eligible for Medicaid or a family health plan, but who cannot afford to pay the surcharge.
The state has not provided details on the specific exemptions.
Under the rule, anyone who spends more than $50 per month will be required at least three times to pay an additional $20.
For those who spend more than the $150-per month limit, a person who is below or above the poverty level will be eligible for a supplemental payment of $10.
The supplemental payment is meant to help people with low incomes get the necessary aid.
The rules also allow a person to get an additional supplemental payment if they have a disability, need help paying rent, or are in debt.
The rule does not allow for additional supplemental payments for certain workers.
In an interview Thursday with the Orlando Sentinel, Governor Rick Scott said that the state would make sure that people who do not have health insurance would be able to qualify for the supplemental payments.
Scott told the Sentinel that the supplemental payment would be based on the number of people eligible for benefits under the state’s current Medicaid program.
Under current rules, if a person receives a Supplemental Assistance for Needy Families (SANS) payment, they have to pay $10 to qualify.
But the supplemental money is based on income.
If they earn more than that, they are entitled to $10 back.
Scott said that people eligible under the supplemental program would not be eligible to qualify under the existing rules.