The Florida Senate Health Policy Committee is scheduled this afternoon to consider an alternative to expanding Medicaid that wouldn’t provide health coverage or health care to the state’s uninsured. The proposal should be dead on arrival.
House and Senate Republicans have rejected an Affordable Care Act provision that allows states to expand Medicaid to individuals earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line — $15,028 for a one-person household. Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, chairman of a special committee examining the implications of the health care reform law on Florida, has offered an alternative that not only is better but is likely to get the necessary Obama administration approval.
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