Florida Medicaid coverage expansion essentially killed by Florida Senate committee
KELLI KENNEDY and GARY FINEOUT Associated Press
3:20 PM, Mar 11, 2013
3:22 PM, Mar 11, 2013
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 co-payment.
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.
A House panel last week also rejected expanding Medicaid.
Scott wants to expand Medicaid for three years as long as the federal government foots the bill. State economists project Florida would draw down more than $51 billion over the next decade, while spending about $5.2 billion.