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Senate follows house, shoots down medicaid expansion

Health Care
Posted at 5:42 PM, Mar 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-31 17:08:49-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Senate committee has essentially killed Gov. Rick Scott's plan to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 1 million of Florida's poorest residents

Instead, the committee proposed Monday that the state adopt a managed care system that requires patients have a copayment.

Sen. Joe Negron says he hopes the state can eventually exit from the Medicaid system entirely and called this proposal the beginning of a transformation. Lawmakers also discussed using state funds to help with copays.