A Senate panel on Thursday introduced a proposal to broaden Medicaid coverage to about 1 million low-income Florida residents through a privatized plan that would use money available under the federal health care law.
While Senate and House Republicans have refused Gov. Rick Scott’s recommendation that Florida expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, Senate Budget Chairman Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said his Healthy Florida proposal would cover the same needy population under a privatized plan already in play in Florida and still be fully financed by the federal government for three years.
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