Florida hospital executives representing 168 hospitals say they are rallying at the Capitol Tuesday for their cause. The executives say they want legislators to add one dollar to every pack of cigarettes to help fund health care for children, medically needy, and the disabled.
Bruce Rueben, President of the Florida Hospital Association said, "We certainly believe the legislator will hear our side. There's a lot of momentum for this. This is a very grim year in terms of financing, so the legislator is looking of solutions for that problem."
The hospital executives will rally Tuesday in front of the Senate Chamber at 11:00 a.m. In addition to the rally, health care leaders say incoming revenue numbers will also show the legislator their need for more funds.