Florida Senate committee to discuss Medicaid plans

8:49 AM, Apr 17, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) - A Senate Appropriations subcommittee will discuss two proposals that would expand health insurance for low-income Floridians under the federal health law.

Sen. Joe Negron's plan would cover more than 1 million residents and receive about $55 billion from the federal government over the next decade. But instead of enrolling in Medicaid, enrollees could use that money to purchase private insurance.

A proposal by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, would rely on state funds and would cover fewer residents.  Both plans would require recipients to pay premiums and co-pays.

Bean's proposal mirrors a bill in the House. House leaders have spoken out against accepting federal money tied to the Affordable Care Act.

Both chambers voted against a straight Medicaid expansion and are seeking a compromise in the final weeks of session.