TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling on the state's hospitals to share profits with each other to help offset the potential loss of $1 billion in federal money.
Scott on Friday sent out a letter to hospital executives across the state.
In the letter, the Republican governor says that Florida will have to prepare a new state budget that does not include federal money that now goes to hospitals to help pay for the poor and uninsured.
Scott says he wants hospitals to draw up a plan that would allow them to share a "record" $3.7 billion in profits to help hospitals that may be on shaky financial ground.
Scott compared his proposal to Major League Baseball teams in large markets helping teams in small markets.